Khumbulani Pride to march for LGBTIQ justice in Delft

Khumbulani Pride 2017 (Cheryl Roberts)

The sixth Khumbulani Pride will be highlighting the struggles and challenges of LGBTIQ people in the Western Cape, on Saturday 19 May.

The event is held annually in various communities around Cape Town; previously in Gugulethu, Samora Machel, Khayelitsha, Langa and Strand.

This year, Khumbulani Pride will take place in Delft, a Cape Flats area known for its high crime rate, poor infrastructure and high unemployment. Sindiswa Thafeni, programme manager of CEEP (Community Engagement and Empowerment Programme) at Triangle Project, one of the organisations behind the Pride, said that the area’s poor record on anti-LGBTIQ attacks was one of the reasons for choosing Delft as a location.

“There are a lot of hate crime incidents that happen in Delft that go unnoticed and not reported for various reasons,” she told Mambaonline. “Last year, in one of the temporary houses, a lesbian was killed and no one has been arrested yet.”

Thafeni said that Khumbulani (“remember” in Xhosa) Pride is “a platform to remember all those who have passed, especially where cases haven’t been resolved.”

The Pride kicks off with a march at 11:00 from the taxi rank next to the police station, where a memorandum calling for justice for LGBTIQ victims of hate will be presented to officials.

The march will be followed by a programme of events at the Library Hall from 13:00 to 16:30, which will include music, poetry and speeches.

Thafeni hopes that the event will “give LGBTIQ people an opportunity to affirm their existence in their own communities and to lobby other stakeholders in these different communities to take LGBTIQ challenges seriously.”

She added: “Khumbulani pride is not only for black people and those who live in the so called ‘townships,’ its for all LGBTIQ, irrespective of your race, class or creed. This is a start of a movement building in the Western Cape where we all can share the same vision and have one voice that will break the shackles of homophobia.”

Khumbulani Pride takes place on Saturday 19 May. Participants are urged to gather outside the Delft South Library from 10:00.

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