Homosexuality has long been a taboo in many societies. Of the ten countries that still punish this “forbidden” love with a death sentence, four are on the African continent.
Thursday 19 January 2017, 18:30 Artist in conversation with Barbara (Cote d’Ivoire) and Sabelo Mlangeni (SA). Moderated by Jabu Pereira
20:00 Opening of Exhibition
Goethe-Institut, 119 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg 2193
Raymond Dakoua, who was born in Cote d’Ivoire, but has lived many years in Brussels, graduated in Photography and Accounting from École Agnes Varda in Brussels in 2002. In 2003, he founded the collective Luna, together with six other photographers.
Barbara is a trans activist from the Ivory Coast, currently residing in France. Having participated in the launch of the Association of Transvestites of Côte d'Ivoire and been the head of one of the first movements to defend the rights of homosexuals and transsexuals in Africa in the nineties.
Sabelo Mlangeni was born in 1980 in Driefontein near Wakkerstroom in Mpumalanga. In 2001 he moved to Johannesburg where he joined the Market Photo Workshop, graduating in 2004.
On behalf of Iranti-org, Pan Africa ILGA, and a collective of friends called the Friends of Jacobus group, we present to you a memorial video on the life of an incredible young queer activist. Jacobus needs very little introduction, many people on this list have met Jacobus, either in the advocacy platforms in Namibia, at the PAI African Regional Conference, at the UN Human Rights Council, The ACHPR meetings and various other spaces. He was dynamic.
It is fitting that a human rights defender like Jacobus is buried on international human rights day. We thank so many of you who sent through messages of condolences, thank you for being with us during this time. We printed all of your messages and placed them in the memorial services we held.
Sadly, Jacobus passing represents the vulnerabilities activists face in this sector particularly in our region. He died on duty, and contracted malaria while attending the African Commission meeting in the Gambia. He returned with no medical support and backing, and his first point of call was to access a poor health care system in SA, which we all have to do becos of poor access to private health care, and the struggles in our movements are beyond painful. The privileged gaps in this space is just a painful as our realities in addressing and fighting the systemic issues we face.
We hope this memorial video will be a moment to remember Jacobus, his struggles and his resilience. At this moment, his family have lost a sole breadwinner. Many of you in this struggle understand this statement to mean that our meagre incomes are not ours, it belongs to an extended family we take care of.
We urge you to consider donating towards the setting up of a family trust in memory of Jacobus, to at least support and sustain his family in this current time. We want to do more of course, we want to honor him in ways he deserves. What he requires now, is our energy, our power and our compassion to come together in his name, in his memory.
The friends of Jacobus group requested iranti to raise money through it pay pal account and through other means to assist in this current crisis. you can donate on our pay pal by going to www.iranti-org.co.za
This issue is far bigger than this, but in our human abilities we are pained and soon we move on and merely talk about wellness, without fully translating this into meaningful action.
Thank you for reading this note. and thank you for taking the time to watch our memorial message. We must simply take a few minutes to give and honor the ones we love.
Call to Action on the Hate Crimes and Hates Speech Bill (HCB)
Speaking; Jabu Pereira chairing the Public Engagement on the draft Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill
Speaking; Sanja Bornman of Lawyers for Human Right speaking about the process of drafting the Bill
Speaking; Tshego Phala of Webber Wentzel explaining what the Bill is saying in simple terms
Speaking; Matshidiso Mofokeng from Vosloorus, talking about Hate Crimes cases in the East Rand
Speaking; Lebo Booi of RAA a project by Forum for the Empowerment of Women speaking about community activism
The engagement session also became a space for networking and socializing with activists from different provinces
South Africa, 13 December 2016
Iranti-org calls on everyone in the sector to engage with the process regarding the Drafting of the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill (HCB). The due date for public comments is 31 January 2017. While this deadline is being challenged by the sector, we urge everyone to study the draft bill and respond.
Iranti-org is preparing a submission and would like to thank everyone who participated in the Public Engagement held on Friday 11 in Johannesburg 2016.
The Public Engagement was attended by a broad range of stakeholders involved in preventing, reporting and servicing the victims of Hate Crimes, including independent activists; representatives from Community Based Organisations (CBOs); representatives from Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs); and grant makers.
An Introduction to the draft Bill was given by Tshego Phala, Senior Associate within the Pro Bono Unit at Webber Wentzel Attorneys. This was followed by a Panel Discussion moderated by Iranti-org Director Jabu Pereira. Panelists were Sanja Bornman of Lawyers for Human Rights; Kelly Gillespie from Wits University; Juan Nel from UNISA; Maneo Mohale from Bitch Media; Joshua Sehoole from Iranti-org; and Mandisa Mbatha-Beckett from FEW. The Panel Discussion was followed by engagement with the delegates.