2013 March 17: Paris Is Burning with Candles…

 photo by Zanele Muholi in Paris (March 17,2013)

Candlelight ceremony
Quand: le 17 Mars 2013
Où: Angle av. de la Cascade – Av. Edouard Petit,
Paris 19 (Métro Botzaris)
Heure: @ 18h00

Inkanyiso & Les Dégommeuses hosted a candlelight ceremony to remember the victims of hate crimes in South Africa. The aim of the vigil was to unite, support and stand in international solidarity with lesbians, gays and trans survivors, as we continue to mourn the victims of hate crimes. Present were members of Lesbians of Color (LOCS) in Paris, artists, footballers, activists and feminists. Mimi from Rosa Bonheur supported the ceremony. Messages of support were written on a white fabric to be shared with other activists in SA.

Some of those remembered were:
Mandisa Mbambo (1978 – 2012), a soccer player from Inanda township, Durban.
Mbambo’s body was found in her outside room with multiple stab wounds. It is believed that she was raped before being brutally murdered.
Inkanyiso queer media documented the funeral.

Related article
Lesbians afraid after friend’s murder

Sihle Sikoji (1993-2012), was 19 years old when she was attacked for being a lesbian. She was a football player from the well-known Winnie ladies FC, in Gugulethu, Cape Town.
Sikoji was murdered on the night of Friday 9 November in Phillipi, Cape Town.  Buried in Unathi Crossroads (Cape Town) on Nov. 24, 2012.
Inkanyiso queer media documented the funeral.

Related article:
Lesbian speared to death by gang

Eudy Simelane (1977 – 2008), an LGBTI-rights activist, and a midfielder for Banyana Banyana, the South African national women’s professional football team. Eudy’s was murdered in Kwa Thema. Eudy Simelane on April 28, 2008.

Related article:
Eudy Simelane

All the three: Mbambo, Sikoji and Simelane were soccer players.

For Eudy
A poem by Makhosazana Xaba

I mentioned her name the other day
but blank shares returned my gaze
while all I could see was:
The open field in Tornado

I thought I could explain
but the rising anger blocked my throat
cause all I was thinking was:
This tornado of crimes
is not coming to an end.

Did anyone read a manifesto
that has plans to stop hate crimes?
Which party can we trust to bring
this tornado of crimes to an end,
an end we’ve been demanding?

How should we pen that cross
and put the paper in its place
while we remember painfully
that the open field in Tornado
is forever marked by her blood?

Name me one politician
who can stand up and talk
about the urgency to stop these crimes,
one who can be counted, to call them
what they are. Name me one.

Go, celebrate Freedom Day,
while we gather and stand
on this open field in Tornado
shouting for the world to hear
Stop these crimes of hatred now.

21 April 2009
The poem was written for the Lesbian and Gay Equality Project on the event of 27th April, South African Freedom Day.


Read about Makhosazana Xaba on the link below


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10 Responses to 2013 March 17: Paris Is Burning with Candles…

  1. Babalwa Ngcivana Redseed says:

    This is just too emotional to even read,it is another oppression after another! The must be another way to make this country stop,watch and listen.

  2. Lynn says:

    This is said, trully hurtin

  3. zamanguni says:

    Zanele, this is a good work that keeps us on our toes and informative site where we remember our heroins, just to ask to correct an error on Eudy Simelane prof clip, where its written she was playing for “Bafana Bafana”instead of “Banyana Banyana”. Thank you

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    just stopping by to say hey
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