20 September 2018, South Africa
#JusticeForGugu: The Murder of Gugu Modise
On 1 September 2018, Gugu (Gustav) Modise, a trans woman, was brutally murdered in the North West town of Ventersdorp. Gugu’s stabbing is just the latest incident of many against members of the LGBT+ community in the region. Read more...
13 September 2018, South Africa
Home Affairs vs the heart: Wendy and Nomfundo's story
Wendy and Nomfundo Ngidi-Kessman are a loving couple like any other, but South Africa's Department of Home Affairs spent 18 months denying Wendy's right to a spousal visa. Without the visa, Wendy, who is from America, cannot live or work in South Africa with her partner. After a lengthy battle, through the courts and the media, Home Affairs finally bowed to pressure and validated the couple's marriage with a visa. But their fight may not be over yet... Watch the interview...
26 April 2018
Civil Union Amendment Act
We welcome the current action to overturn section 6, which has created this situation, through allowing for civil service marriage officers to decline to solemnise civil unions of couples of the same gender. This is the only instance where a marriage officer is entitled to refuse to solemnise a union.
We urge civil society and members of the public to submit their comments of support on the amendment to make it in line with human rights standards, through following this link by 28 April 2018. It’s an important action that will only take a few minutes of your time! Read more or click here to send a preprepared letter to Parliament:
31 March 2017
Transgender Victory in Limpopo: Nare Mphela's Story
In 2014, Iranti made contact with Nare Mphela, a high school learner in Limpopo Province who faced multiple forms of discrimination from her school principal due to her gender identity. Now, three years later, the Equality Court has ruled in Nare's favour, having found the principal and Limpopo Department of Education to have breached the Equality Act. This is an historic victory for queer South Africans nationwide! Watch the media report...
13 March 2017
Victory for transgender student in Limpopo!
It is with great pleasure that we announce an historic victory against the Limpopo Department of Education for failing to intervene in the discrimination against Nare Mphela. The Department was ordered by Seshego Equality Court to pay R60 000 in compensation to Mphela. Read more...
10 March 2017
Mdantsane school principal outs lesbian pupils
Iranti is deeply saddened to learn that Principal Nomampondomise Kosani of Ulwazi High School in Mdantsane, Eastern Cape, forced 38 female pupils to reveal their sexual orientation in front of their peers and parents. Originally reported by Dispatch Live, the article states that the principal “refused to comment, saying how she dealt with “problems” at her school was not a matter for the media.” Read more…
1 September 2016
Women in Ventersdorp are terrorized by the 26’s Gang
Lesbian women fear for their safety as they face increased attacks, such as rape, death threats and psychological violence from a gang of men known as the 26s. SAPS is silent on this and prosecutor’s pass on these cases because they fear for their safety. Melissa Makau recently survived this ordeal.
19 August 2016
South Africa. Death of Lesley Makousa
On Saturday 6 August 2016, the police found the deserted body of 16 year old Lesley Makousa in a nearby field of Promosa, in the North West Province. Lesley Makousa was a gay Grade 10 learner at Promosa Secondary School. Read more and watch the video (5:36 mins)...
6 May 2016
South Africa. LGBTI Hate crimes in the East Rand
The Eastrand and the Vaal region have been mostly affected. Iranti is currently following up and reporting on 1 murder case of Pascalina Malemu in the Vaal, 1 murder case of Tebogo Mkhonto in Volsolruus and 2 cases of Lucia Naidoo and Mabelandile Mohlabi in Katlehong. Iranti is also following up and reporting on a rape case in the Vaal and a hate crime incident against a trans* woman in Klerksdorp, North West. Watch the Iranti video report...
9 April 2016
South Africa. Hate crimes and Lesbian murders, a silent genocide in our South African Townships. In the past couple of months, Iranti has seen a rise in the cases of hate crimes especially the murder of lesbian women in our townships. So what is the State’s role in intervening? Read more...
7 April 2016
South Africa. The Elections Serve as a Painful Reminder of How the South African Government Renders Trans and Intersex People Non-Citizens. In 2014, transgender woman Nadia Swanepoel went on a hunger strike to protest discriminatory treatment at the hands of the Department of Home Affairs after the process to change her name and her gender marker on her identity document in terms of the Alteration of Sex Description and Sex Status Act 49 of 2003 (Act 49) had been ongoing for over 3 years. Read more...
7 April 2016
South Africa. Born Free, Killed by Hate. Iranti assisted the BBC in producing this important story on increased hate crimes in South Africa. Listen to the podcast ...
8 March 2016
South Africa. Queer Conversations and Movement Growth in Limpopo. “People be careful, South Africa has not accepted you” were the words uttered by an LGBTI activist during the Zwakala workshop conducted by the Iranti team in Polokwane, Limpopo on 5 March. The purpose of the workshop was to create links with LGBTI community-based organizations. Read more...
24 February 2016
South Africa. Vaal LGBTI community speak out about their pain and their struggles for a safer community. Pascalina Melamu’s tortured and burnt body leaves a scar in the minds of all lesbians in South Africa, but in particular the Vaal lesbian community who knew her so well. Despite clear legal protections and a very progressive Constitution, South Africa continues to report some of the highest number of violent crimes and murders against lesbians. These murders when reported to the police (SAPS) are often handled in a sloppy manner, with almost no sense of urgency. Read more...
18 January 2016
South Africa. Motshidisi Pascalini Melamu, a 21 year old lesbian, excelled and passed her matric, but she was raped, mutilated and murdered before she could even learn of her victory. On 18 December 2015, her body was found in an open field in the Vaal region of Johannesburg. Read more...
14 April 2014
Johannesburg. EFF vows to represent ‘LGBTI’ despite its manisfesto being invisible on the matter and Julius Malema previously expressed in public that there is no such thing as a hermaphrodite in Pedi, that there is only a woman or a man, therefore nobody should impose their imperialism on him. Read more...
27 November 2013
Cape Town. 22 years in jail for the man who raped a lesbian to “show her she was a woman”. In 2011 Andile Ngcoza raped Millicent Gaika, a lesbian, to force her to have a baby so that she would recognise her role as a woman. Ngcoza showed no remorse in court and has a slew of previous convictions, including rape and anal rape. Free Gender, a lesbian advocacy group, supported Gaika throughout the trial. Read more at the Cape Times.
June 30, 2013
South Africa. Iranti's most recent gender-oriented hate crime murder case is that of Duduzile Zozo she was 26 years old. She lived in Tokoza, east of Johannesburg. Her body was found on 30 June 2013 in her neighbour's yard, her pants was pulled down to her ankles, a toilet brush was forced into her vagina. She was beaten with a concrete brick and clearly suffered as she died.
June 29, 2012
South Africa. Andritha Thapelo Morifi lived a an out lesbian in Phola Park, Mokopane. She was killed on 29 June 2012 in her home with a braai-fork inserted into her throat.
June 9, 2013
South Africa. Thapelo Makhutle was killed because of his sexual orientation. Thapelo was brutally killed on 9 June 2012, and almost a year later, his the trial will be heard in the Vryburg High Court. Iranti, continues to document the case and advocate for justice and an end to hate crimes.
April 21, 2013
South Africa. Iranti is documenting the death of Patricia Mashigo, a lesbian mother murdered on 21 April 2013 in Daveyton, Johannesburg. The SA Police Services have not yet investigated the case. Instead, the police had stopped Iranti from documenting the case and created bureaucratic obstacles.
South Africa. Bonisiwe Mtshali was brutally attacked by 3 security guards at the Carlton Centre after seen kissing her lover Khanyisa Ndoda. Phindi Malaza, an activist for LGBTI justice from FEW, called upon Mpho Nefuri, a human rights lawyer, and together with Iranti, we supported Bonisiwe's fight for justice