10 September 2016
By Taliesin Cormach - QL SA
Eight years after Banyana Banyana midfielder Eudy Simelane's brutal death, her family is still trying to pick up the pieces.
The out and proud South african soccer player was raped and murdered because she was lesbian.
Over the weekend her family took part in the Ekurhuleni LGBTI Pride event in Vosloorus.
They said no one deserved to die because of their sexual orientation.
“I say don’t kill them, they are children of Jehovah. They are God’s creations. They are like you and me," Eudy's mother, Mally Simelane, said. "There’s no homosexual that you dump in the rubbish bin. They are human too.”
Activists believe more should be done to protect the LGBTI community.
Pride organiser Nontyatyamba Makapela said: “We called upon the municipality to intervene because politically we felt there’s a need for the municipality to take the initiative forward. And making sure that not only the issue of criminal offences but also the health rights which are human rights.”
This is a sentiment the South African Government endorses (for now).
Thabiso Peu from the Ekurhuleni Health Department, said LGBTI individuals were Ekurhuleni citizens. "And they will always remain as part of us ... …let us support, let us live peacefully as a society irrespective of sexual orientation.”