2014 Aug. 30: Young aspiring photographers experimenting lithography

 

 

 

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Lulama Rikhotso showing off her artwork…

 

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Young photographers learning alternative artistic skills with Jammy-Lee…

 

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Martha looking on…

 

 

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Megan engaging with Ntombi…

 

 

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Mthabiseni Mbhele & Thobekile Zwane doing it…

 

 

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Thando Khumalo focusing on her portrait…

 

 

Where:  Wits University School of Arts

Who:  Young female photographers from Aurora Girls High School, Soweto, learning lithography offered by Megan Heilig and Jammy-Lee Brophy (both Fine Arts students at Wits…

Photos by Lindeka Qampi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2014 Aug. 26: Special Announcement: MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES

 

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2014 Aug. 23: Relatives and friends shed the tears at Gift’s funeral and some fainted

Text by Lerato Dumse
Photos by Lindeka Qampi

When the casket carrying the body of Disebo Gift Makau (23), was lowered six feet underground at a Ventersdorp cemetery, in the North West, on August 23.

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Queer mourners franked the coffin of Disebo during the funeral service…          and burst into song

Family and friends who gathered in Tshing township to bid her goodbye, could not contain their emotions.
While some wailed uncontrollably, others shed their tears in silence, with pain, sorrow and sadness written on their faces.

Gift’s body was discovered in the middle of Women’s month, on August 15 by her neighbor in the yard where she was killed.

Speaking to mourners at the funeral, a relative Assah Molapo explained how he arrived on the scene to find Gift’s half naked and lifeless body, with a few other people gathered.

He narrated how the wire used while strangling Gift had punctured her skin and was still lodged inside her neck.
Adding that about 20cm of hose pipe was inserted in her mouth, tied with a shoe lace and left with water running inside her body.

A manhunt began leading to the suspect’s arrest days later.
Molapo said it was tracing Gift’s last steps that helped them to narrow down the suspect list.

Molapo revealed when the suspect’s mother realised her son was a suspect, she launched an investigation of her own in her house.

Leading to the discovery of a cell phone she didn’t recognize, which she handed over, and it was identified as belonging to Gift.
While the letter he (suspect) sent, after writing it to his mom while in jail, is expected to also be used in prosecuting him.

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Now the man whom Gift considered to be a close friend, having grown up playing together in the same community is facing a rape and murder charge.

While Gift was due to have collected her diploma certificate in Business Management on the day her body was discovered.

What is also disheartening for Molapo when describing the scene, is the state of the grass and flowers which he said is an indication of the physical struggle that went on for a long time that fateful evening.

He said people’s failure to act by going to see what was happening or call the police when they heard Gift’s screams. He is inconsolable with the claim that people who were 5 meters away heard nothing, while those 70 meters away heard her cries.

Ward councilor, Mapule Mataboge was at the forefront in the uproar and condemnation for Gift’s murder. She said she has always had a close relationship with LGBTI people in her community who come to her for assistance when facing family problems and even relationship problems.

She remembered Gift as a child, always smiling and polite, even when she was being reprimanded.
Mataboge appealed to parents of LGBTI children to change their stereotypes, discrimination and calling their own children names.

Freddy Dunjane SAFA chairperson for the competition committee in Ventersdorp said Gift was the first female referee in Ventersdorp.

Gift played defense for her team Real Mighty Ladies, and was affectionately known as Owen by her teammates.

While Thabang Mangane president of the SRC at Vuselela FET said they would be marching to court to show support for Gift and ensure the suspect doesn’t get bail.
“Gays and lesbians are from our families, we must eat and laugh with them, not murder them,” added Mangane.

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2014 Aug. 22: Photos from Disebo Gift Makau’s memorial service

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2014 Aug. 19: Makau family mourns the brutal murder of their beloved

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2014 Aug. 22: Photos from Disebo Gift Makau’s Memorial Service

by Lindeka Qampi & Zanele Muholi

Where: Stadium Hall, Ext. 2. Ventersdorp
Camera used:  Canon 6D with different lenses

 

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2014 Aug. 19: Makau family mourns the brutal murder of their beloved

 

 

 

 

 

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2014 Aug. 23: “How long will lesbians and gays be killed? “

An opinion by T. Mathe

It is quite obvious that they have not forgotten about us. They still hunt us down. It was a bit quite and now they are back. How long should we visualize this in a form of Art?

How long should we sing about it or pray about it perhaps write about it?
Which streets should we walk on?
And which shouldn’t be attempted?

The police will blame society, reverends will call for prayer, ward councillors will say they preach about Equality! JUST STOP!!!

How long will this happen?
How long will lesbians and gays be killed?
Stop coming with law and constitution! How long will they be killed?
What is to be done?

Dear Lesbians, Gays, Transgender and Intersex how long should you preach to people about you?
That you are you?
That you are who you are, that you love what you love!? STOP just STOP we have to Act.

We have to act as soon as possible. My appeal is that the DEATH sentence should come back for rapists and murders.
Jails become hotels, the perpetrators  are released speedily. What do we do next?
Greet each other like nothing happened?

Believe that you saw psychologists?
Why can’t you follow the victimized as a victim?
Dear Community I am supper tired of these scandals.
A vagina is the same like the victims’ mother, breasts are full of glands like their mothers. What is it then that they want from us?

Dear Justice department what is it that we should do?
Launch another hate crimes event?
Churches should we pray?
Community should we unite?
Do unto others what you want to yourself and that is it!

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2014 Aug. 24: Queers Against hate crimes Mo(u)rning the loss of Disebo Gift Makau

photo by Zanele Muholi featuring Odidi Mfenyana

 

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… work in progress!!!

 

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2014 Aug. 24: Queers Against hate crimes Mo(u)rning the loss of Disebo Gift Makau

photo by Zanele Muholi featuring Odidi Mfenyana

 

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… work in progress!!!

 

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