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North West LGBTI community celebrate Pride

Matlosana Pride 2016

6 August 2016, Matlosana (Klerksdorp)

LGBTI pride march and celebration, took to the streets on Saturday, at Klerksdorp Jouberton, North West. According to the organizers, this Pride exists to create a space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons to be themselves and celebrate their existence, even though are at times faced by homophobia.


The event started with a march to a park where the LGBTI community could meet and socialize. The crowd was very lively. They sang, chanted and claimed their space in Jouberton. Some had support from their families and heterosexual friends. “I do not think Pride should be celebrated only by queer people, this is an act of resistance and because I love my (lesbian) friend, I will claim that space for her existence and happiness, with her,” said Lebogang Motlhodi from Gauteng.


“Pride is about celebrating ourselves, our sexuality and a statement that we are fighting for our rights, as well as connecting with other queers,” says Lumka from Bloemfontein.

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Sonto Magwaza, ESSET Director KASA: Revitalizing solidarity: Relations between North and South in changed framework conditions

22 June 2016. Conference on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the Ecumenical Service on Southern Africa.


The Ecumenical Service for Socio-Economic Transformation (ESSET) was invited by the Ecumenical Service on Southern Africa (KASA) to participate in celebrating 20th Anniversary in Heidelberg, Germany. ESSET was represented by the Pro Vuyani Vellem, chairperson of the board and Miss Nomasonto Magwaza, ESSET Director.

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Disebo Makau mass action in North West at the Ventersdorp Magistrates Court

Thembelihle Sokhela ~ A story of rage and disappointment by the justice system

November 2015. On Wednesday 30 July 2015 at the Pretoria North Magistrates Court, Judge Mokgosi sentenced Thembelihle Sokhela’s rapist and murderer, Thabo Molefe (46) to 22 years in jail. However, the LGBTI community feels justice has failed them. “It is unbelievable how the judge read out Thabo Molefe’s previous convictions, which include him raping two minor boys. One would think that he would get life imprisonment. This is beyond failure and sadness,” said Matshididso Mofokeng, a spokesperson for an LGBTI CBO in Vosloorus, expressing her rage and disappointment about the justice system. Thembelihle Sokhela (28) was found wrapped in a blanket two days after after she was reported missing, behind Thabo Molefe’s bed. From the outset, the case has been shameful. Poor police investigation by SAPS, including the abandonment of evidence from the murder scene. There have also been multiple postponements to the courtcase due to incomplete investigations and incompetency by the Daveyton SAPS in handling LGBTI cases. In 2012, Patricia Mashego, a lesbian mother was found murdered in her own house, to date the case has not yet made it to court. 
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Community activists continue the struggle against 'corrupt' ANC members

28 June 2016. Bongani Jonas, a community activist from Bekkersdaal in Gauteng, speaks of corruption that the ANC members continue to get away with, in his community.

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Regional meeting with female informal trader cooperatives

23 June 2016, Johannesburg. In 2013 ESSET initiated a project for female cooperatives. The main goal of the project was to improve the livelihoods of poor and unemployed women who rely on informal trading for survival.

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Disebo Makau mass action in North West at the Ventersdorp Magistrates Court

Disebo Makau, a 24 year old lesbian’s lifeless body found half naked in her home

November 2015. On 15 August 2015, Makau’s lifeless body was discovered in a neighbour’s yard. She was found half naked, with a hose pipe forced down her throat and a wire around her neck. Iranti-org, a queer human rights and visual media organisation based in Johannesburg, together with North West LGBTI community-based organisations, organized mass actions in front of the Ventersdorp Magistrates Court. The mass actions were to raise awareness on issues faced by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community. The community has to deal with murder threats, ‘corrective’ rapes and discrimination on all societal levels on a daily basis. Activists gathered from all over the North West province to support Makau’s family during this difficult time.
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Disebo Makau mass action in North West at the Ventersdorp Magistrates Court

ESSET’s Gender-Based Violence Workshop 2015

November 2015. On the 18 and 19 Novemeber 2015, at Soweto Zola, Extension 1, ESSET had a workshop on Gender-Based Violence. The workshop was held with a youth group that has a community-driven development programme. The workshop was to raise awareness about causes and factors influencing gender-based violence. The workshop also created a space for young voices to get talking about issues of patriarchy, culture, socialisation, and religion.
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