Dec 092013
 

Duduzile Zozo, a 26-year-old lesbian, was found dead with a toilet brush in her vagina, the latest hate crime to occur in South Africa in recent months.

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Zozo was found half-naked in Thokoza, Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg on Sunday, and her mother Thuziwe Zozo reportedly said she believed her daughter was killed because of her sexuality, the South African Press Association reported.

The South African Constitution on paper recognizes same-sex marriage, but President Zuma has appointed a homophobic Ambassador, Jon Qwelane,  to Uganda, a country that has a record of violence towards gays.  It would have been a great example and move by President Zuma to have appointed a pro-gay Ambassador and set an example of tolerance and equality.

“Corrective rape” of lesbians is rampant in South Africa, as is rape of women and children.  In fact, President Zumba was accused of rape and was cleared of the charges.  The world turned its attention to the murders of lesbians and a Task Team was set up by Minister Radebe.  It has yet to show results.  President Zuma has the power to put pressure on Minister Radebe if he truly is against rape of any kind.

In Uganda, Christian right wing churches (most sponsored by right wing Christians) supported the visit of Rev. Scott Lively and Rev. Rick Warren.  The government of Uganda brought in a “Kill the Gays” bill after these ministers’ visit.  Rick Warren is a personal friend of the wife of the President of Uganda.   In other parts of Africa, fundamental Christians do so much damage in their interpretation of the 3,500 year old Bible’s pronuncements on homosexuals.   South Africa is not different in that many Christian churches spew hatred instead of the love of Jesus.  It is, therefore, important that President Zuma act out the part of the state whose laws are the last hope for equality and love (IN PRACTISE) as having it enshrined in the Constitution is apparently not enough.  It has to be enforced.

Soweto Pride is a strong voice for the LGBT community.  It was in Soweto that the Apartheid government murdered hundred of men, women and children.  If any community knows about hatred, violence and oppression, it is Soweto.

The Township LGBT community is a true activist community and they have had enough. Soweto Pride was initiated in 2004 by the Forum for the Empowerment of Women as a social space for black lesbian women to celebrate their sexuality.

Hundreds of people gathered at the Credo Mutwa Cultural Village for the ninth annual Soweto Pride march on Saturday (September 28 2013).

Screen Shot 2013-10-01 at 12.17.16 PM“Whose streets? Our streets!” Hundreds turned out for the 9th annual Soweto Pride march in the heart of the historic township on Saturday 28 September. The aim? To reclaim the streets for LGBTI people and demand justice for victims of hate crimes. Entertainment and fun followed in Credo Mutwa Park.

See the extraordinary photographs here:http://www.mambaonline.com/2013/09/29/soweto-pride-2013/]

HERE ARE THE LESBIANS MURDERED IN SOUTH AFRICA:

Duduzile Zozo, a 26-year-old lesbian, was found dead with a toilet brush in her vagina, the latest hate crime to occur in South Africa in recent months.

Zozo was found half-naked in Thokoza, Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg on Sunday, and her mother Thuziwe Zozo reportedly said she believed her daughter was killed because of her sexuality, the South African Press Association reported.

Thokoza Police Captain Godfrey Maditsi said officials were awaiting a post-mortem to determine if she had been raped, according to the Times Live.

He asked the public to come forward with any information about those who committed the murder.

“We urge the community to approach police with any information that will lead to the arrest of people responsible for this barbaric act, so that they can face the full might of the law,” Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane reiterated Tuesday.

Cape Town’s Democratic Alliance issued a scathing statement following the murder, saying that “government is not doing nearly enough to eradicate the scourge of violence against women and children in South Africa.”

As they said in their statement:

Although established over six months ago, the National Council Against Gender-Based Violence based within the Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities has done very little to visibly deliver on its mandate, despite a R20 million budget. Furthermore, the Corrective Rape Task Team established by the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security cluster to conduct a legislative audit of legislation pertaining to hate crimes in South Africa, has been silent since its creation in 2011.

Zozo’s death is the latest incident in a recent string of anti-gay violence in South Africa.

A 17-year-old lesbian was raped multiple times last Wednesday, and was facing murder charges for killing the last man that raped her.

Lunga Voko, a 23-year-old from Cape Town, was also attacked in April, allegedly over his sexuality, which his attackers said was questionable because he was “wearing tight shorts.

Lesbian activist Noxolo Nogwaza was also raped and murdered on Easter Saturday in April 2011, the Times reported.

Mbuyiselo Botha of civil rights organization Sonke Gender Justice, said that Africa still wrestles with entrenched homophobia.

“There is a level of acceptance for violence against people who are thought of as different or unconventional,” said Botha. “Unfortunately many people see being lesbian as un-African.”

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/130702/south-africa-duduzile-zozo-murdered-lesbian-hate-crime

 

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