There was an urgency to the South African Ekurhuleni Pride march last weekend in KwaThema. On Easter Sunday morning, Noxolo Nogwaza was found raped and murdered in a township alley. The Ekurhuleni Pride Organising Committee (EPOC) organised a march last month on the KwaThema police station to protest police inaction in Noxolo’s case and others. The theme of this third annual Ekurhuleni Pride march was, "Crush Hate."
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Sipiwe Nkabinde from the Ekurhuleni Pride Organising Committee, EPOC said, “It is very important to make people realise that gays and lesbians are here to stay and are also human beings.”
She praised the organising committee for a job well done and wished that there “were more people from outside who came to Kwa-Thema and to support the LGBTI community here.”
Sifiso Nkosi Miss Gay 2011 Ekurhuleni who also attended said, “Today is about pride, it’s about educating the local community and makes them understand that we are also part and parcel of human being, we are not different. It is also an event where we get to know each other and to socialise.”
Nkosi paid tribute to the local community saying, “This year is better compared to last years; more people are open and even straight people came and took part in our activities. It is all about spreading the word so South Africa can become a better country.”
However, Shwane Malebye, OUT LGBTI Play safe Campaigner was of the view that, “Too many people in Ekurhuleni are still closeted.”
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