Published on Pambazuka News, by Glenda Muzenda, July 11, 2012.
Why are our Women leaders silent when children are being killed like animals in South Africa?
JUNE 2012: RAPED, MUTILATED, SHOT, KILLED AND MURDERED:
- Phumeza Nkolozi
- Thapelo Makhutle
- Sasha Lee Gordon
- Sana Supa
- Hendrieeta Thapelo Morifi
MAY 2012 GENEVA: … //
… It that how we are living, by the gun so to speak?
How many lesbians, women who love women and gender-free people are in line? What are we doing? This is a war declared on our bodies and we Must Stand together and there is not time to shine as individuals. We work together or divided we are falling. Fast into the dust.
Just this past Sunday, we marched in Paris with many women who had the opportunity to be in France from South Africa, at that time bodies were found, women shot, raped and I fear that the silence of our women leaders is serving our deaths. We are in danger with no choice to life.
We marched in solidarity with the world and all people who know of humanity-mothers, fathers, and brothers. Muholi also remarked that the march was for all LGBTI individuals who can’t because of homophobia, lesbophobia, queerphobia, transphobia, xenophobia… all the phobia that are there to be. We made a mark and our presence was clearly heartfelt by those who were there and yet the reality back home is just too scary to imagine, she said.
Muholi said, “Rape has made us powerless, though we threw our hands in the air and said ‘Amandla’ it is a pity that power we supposed to claim is imaginary as we continue to lose our LGBT people along the way”. Muholi, who brought her all women football team Thokozani to participate the Foot for Love Games said she was feeling destroyed inside at the silence of women ministers in particular, those stood in at the Commission on the Status of Women to protect our rights to life. We are worthy women too!
“They read newspapers and none of them have said a word. It is disheartening and I feel crashed at the thought of families who are going through this pain”, she said. And yes we all hear it and it is time that we stand and speak to our mothers and save lives that are falling so fast to dust as we weep and mourn for another life lost.
Mothers, mothers who is protecting your children when they are being attacked and raped and no voice speak to say enough! The men, who are allowed to rape, kill and rape at will -as they please at their pleasure. Is this the freedom we talk about?
We cannot be silenced any longer and those in power that we all vested for you to represent us Stand Up! I am standing! Are you?
This is not JUST to brutally take lives as though they are free for taking! We will not be silenced and-if you choose to remain silent and unheard- then you have blood on your hands! Justice must prevail for all and I call you, you and you to end violence.