Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

2 April 2014

South Africa: EFF On LGBTI - a Promissory Note - but Not Much On It

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Being a new party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are canvassing different sectors of society for input on policy making. GREG NICOLSON went to a party forum in Johannesburg on minorities to see if there's any meat behind the rhetoric. He wasn't impressed.

Zanele Muholi and Gabrielle Le Roux's exhibition Queer and Trans Art-iculations just closed at the Wits Arts Museum. Using a range of media, the artists described the perilous situation of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community in South Africa and the struggle for equal rights in a climate of violence and discrimination. "They tell me they will kill me. They will rape me and after raping me I will become a girl. I will become a straight girl," wrote one of the subjects for Muholi's work. It was just one of the horrifying accounts from the LGBTI community.

"I am just a visual activist claiming my full citizenship in this country," Muholi told the audience at the exhibition's opening.

A few blocks away, the EFF held a seminar for minority groups on Tuesday evening at Braamfontein's Easy Hotel. The audience included people from the LGBTI community and others with disabilities. The party's Wiekus Kotze...

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