Gauteng premier David Makhura delivered his keynote address at the annual provincial Freedom Day celebrations at Kwa-Thema Stadium on Saturday.
Makhura, accompanied by Ekurhuleni executive mayor Mzwandile Masina, addressed the community of Kwa-Thema, which he described as a “community of freedom.”
One of the Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender Intersexual communities (LGBTI) activists Steve Letsika urged Masina and Makhura to continue supporting the LGBTI’s.
Makhura says the late Eudy Simelane, who was a member of the LGBTI and murdered in a homophobic attack in the township in 2008, did not die in vain.
“It is not only Simelane and today we honour all of them, we are going to be the protectors, champions and the campaigner in terms of making sure no one’s rights are violated in South Africa. We urge the members of the LGBTI community to count on the government; the provincial government of Gauteng is your friend, it is on your side.
“We are enabling our people to taste what freedom is through education,” says Makhura.
Meanwhile, Masina played a game of football with Banyana Banyana legends in honor of Simelane, who also played for Banyana.
Masina added that he was proud to be part of the Simelane pilgrimage walk in the township.
“Today we honour her life. This Freedom Day, the Gauteng province decided to focus on the rights of LGBTI community in honour of Simelane.”