16 Nov AASA’s petition makes headlines

AASA’s petition makes headlines

Under the theme #OurLivesMatter – Safety, Justice and Freedom are our Rights, this year’s Soweto Pride, which returned to one of its former venues – Meadowlands Zone 2 Park, also paid tribute to Sizakele Sigasa and Salome Masooa who were murdered there in 2007 because of their sexuality.

“Their murder remains unsolved. Until today we do not know who killed Sizakele and Salome,” explained Siphokazi Nombande, Advocacy Coordinator at the Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW). “We will have a moment of silence to remember them and all the other lesbians who are victims of hate crimes.” FEW and AASA drew up a petition which was available for signing on at Soweto Pride. The petition calls on the local municipality and City Parks to replace the memorial bench dedicated to Sizakele and Salome, which was removed when the park was renovated. The original plaque was cemented into one of the pathways, where it is hardly noticeable and where it has been walked over so much that it is no longer legible. The petition has garnered over 100 signatures, which will be presented to City Parks before month end.

SABC News covered the event, focusing on the petition as well as the #SafeCities flash-mob, which made it onto the headlines of the prime time news bulletins on the SABC’s three channels.

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