David Kato (Pic: Jocelyn Edwards)

The Mother City’s LGBT community and its friends are urged to come out to honour slain Ugandan LGBT activist David Kato in a vigil tomorrow, Thursday 3rd February, in Cape Town.

The event is being organised by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), together with AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) and Gender Dynamix.

“David Kato loved and advocated for peace and equality. He has been a trumpet at the forefront, championing for equal rights for the minority groups. He loved and lived fighting for human rights. His struggle and human rights work will live on,” said the organisers.

The vigil is set to take place at 6 Spin Street, Cape Town, opposite Church Square, from 5pm.

A candlelight vigil will also be held on the same day in New York City and will be followed by a silent procession to the Ugandan mission to the United Nations.

“In our grief and anger reacting to David’s murder, we draw a line in the sand,” said Cary Alan Johnson, IGLHRC Executive Director. “We will be standing outside the United Nations and Uganda’s embassy to demand an end to this unspeakable violence and homophobia in Uganda and around the world.”

For more information on the Cape Town vigil, please contact Chivuli, IGLHRC Program officer- Southern Africa, on 021 469 3703 or 079 440 3938.

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