Mdantsane school principal outs lesbian pupils
South Africa, 10 March 2017
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.”
We vehemently disagree with the assertion that homosexuality, or any other form of sexual orientation is a “problem” to be dealt with. We condemn to the highest possible degree the outing of these young women to peers and parents who may not be accepting, thus increasing the possibility of further violence and discrimination being meted out against these pupils.
We do note the inclusion in the article of supportive voices from parents, and hope that this shows a trend toward inclusivity and acceptance within such communities, and are pleased to see that Malibongwe Mtima of the Eastern Cape Education Department has said “Whoever is behind this, will have to face the wrath of the department.”
We implore the department to turn these strong words into strong actions. Meetings are currently underway between the department and the school. We hope that this will yield results, and that the powers that be will not stand idly by as human rights and dignity are ignored by those to whom we entrust the education of our youth.
For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or read the original report here: Dispatch Live.