A most moving article of friendship by Nelson Mandela’s friend

By Melanie Nathan, July 19, 2013. When I went back to South Africa in 2011, to address the issue of so called “corrective rape” with the South African Government,  I wanted to speak to Nelson Mandela. With his house, mere blocks from my family home, I wanted to tell him that his vision for a … More A most moving article of friendship by Nelson Mandela’s friend

Moving pictures as slain lesbian laid to rest amidst controversial memorial

The South African political party showing up for votes is reprimanded and words are not enough as LGBTI community screams for action By Melanie Nathan, July 14, 2013. A rainbow flag flies amidst the dust as Duduzile Zozo is laid to rest. The beloved daughter and lesbian community member from Thokoza township, Johannesburg, was remembered … More Moving pictures as slain lesbian laid to rest amidst controversial memorial

Mandela Critical

Posted by Melanie Nathan, June 23, 2013. Nelson Mandela’s health has deteriorated and he is now in critical condition, the South African government said Sunday. The office of President Jacob Zuma said in a statement that he had visited the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader at a hospital Sunday evening and was informed by the medical team … More Mandela Critical

South Africa’s newest political party against homophobia | Agang

“But again we haven’t educated people to understand that being orientated sexually in a particular way is not a crime,”  Mamphela Ramphele, By Melanie Natha. March 09, 2013. South Africa is a democratic country with one party that dominates the state.  The African National Congress (ANC), has been holding power, with wide margins, since the … More South Africa’s newest political party against homophobia | Agang

Will Uganda Turn its Back on The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Protection for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity – A Paper POSTED on Dec 01, 2012.   If Uganda legislates its new proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill it may find itself in international hot water; and those in high authority who support and  enforce it may find themselves accused of crimes against humanity, unable to travel internationally, with … More Will Uganda Turn its Back on The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights

South African Gay Flag Becomes First in World to be Recognized as official National Symbol

Despite Homophobia South Africa is a World leader for LGBTI Rights – Constitutional Equality ‘flagged’ by the fight vs. homophobia By Melanie Nathan Oct 06, 2012. The South African government has announced in the official Government Gazette that Gay Flag of South Africa has been approved and accepted as South Africa’s official gay flag (an … More South African Gay Flag Becomes First in World to be Recognized as official National Symbol

ANC KwaZulu-Natal Leaders Gunned Down

By Melanie Nathan, September 13, 2012. Two African National Congress branch leaders were gunned down on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast of South Africa, after attending a meeting, the party said in a statement on Monday. The ANC, the majority ruling party in South Africa,  condemned the shooting of Oshabeni branch chairman Dumisani Malunga and branch … More ANC KwaZulu-Natal Leaders Gunned Down

Victory For LGBTI South Africans as Constitutional Committee Says Gay Rights are Safe

Sexual orientation and gender identity will remain fully protected by the South African Constitution By Melanie Nathan, September 09, 2012. Victorious news for the South African LGBTI community.  It would seem that the anti-gay traditionalists  in the South African Parliamentary system  have failed to ditch LGBTI equality in South Africa.  The South African Constitutional Review … More Victory For LGBTI South Africans as Constitutional Committee Says Gay Rights are Safe

South African Police Make Arrests in Rape and Murder of Kwazulu Lesbian

By Melanie Nathan, September, 03, 2012. Police have made an arrest in the latest reported rape and and murder of a 28 year old Lesbian in Kwazulu, Natal, South Africa. The body of  Mandisa Mbambo was discovered under her bed by her parents on Sunday, 26th August, in the brutal rape and murder. Like  many … More South African Police Make Arrests in Rape and Murder of Kwazulu Lesbian

South African Ambassador to Uganda Jon Qwelane Hate Speech Trial Goes to High Court

By Melanie Nathan, August 30, 2012. Jon Qwelane,  the homophobic journalist who was appointed by President Jacob Zuma as the South African Ambassador to Uganda in exchange for political favors,  and to escape prosecution for hate speech, successfully pleaded that the Equality Court in the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court did not have the jurisdiction to hear … More South African Ambassador to Uganda Jon Qwelane Hate Speech Trial Goes to High Court

Gay Flag of South Africa and ANC Hold Historic Public Meeting to Condemn Homophobia in SA

By Melanie Nathan, August 30, 2012. An historic public meeting took place Thursday between the South African majority party, the ANC and the Gay Flag of South Africa (GFSA) an NPO to condemn recent homophobic violence against the LGBTI community in South Africa, as well as the anti-gay commentary by Traditional leaders who are reviewing … More Gay Flag of South Africa and ANC Hold Historic Public Meeting to Condemn Homophobia in SA

Occupy Oakland Protests South African Mine Massacre

PETITION: Tell Lonmin to meet workers demands for higher wages and better living conditions! See below to link. Posted by Melanie Nathan, August 24, 2012. PFA Evening News Anchor Cameron Jones:Yesterday evening, in Oakland’s Oscar Grant Plaza, the gathering place of Occupy Oakland, several hundred people rallied in solidarity with South African miners, more than … More Occupy Oakland Protests South African Mine Massacre

Watch Shocking South African Police Massacre of Miners 34 Dead

Watch Video: Caution Extremely Violent By Melanie Nathan, August 17, 2012. Tragedy struck at a Marikana mine in South Africa this week. No it did not cave in and no miners were not trapped underground. The miners were protesting. Singing and chanting, armed with machetes and sticks in war dance fashion.  The South African police … More Watch Shocking South African Police Massacre of Miners 34 Dead

Mandela Day Celebrated in Protest by the South African LGBTI Community

By Melanie Nathan. July 18, 2012. At precisely noon today, South Africa sang Happy Birthday to Nelson Mandela. Thousands of  school children sang in classrooms and South Africans walked out of stores onto the streets, as car radios blared, all singing in unison,  celebrating Nelson Mandela day. However this was a somber day for South … More Mandela Day Celebrated in Protest by the South African LGBTI Community

Gay Flag of South Africa at World Pride Parade Hopes to end Homophobia

South Africa’s Gay Flag flies in London,  amidst the threat of revocation of equality and heightened violence precipitated by homophobia By Melanie Nathan, July 08, 2012. LONDON- More than 250000 people turned out to celebrate World Pride 2012 in London last Saturday (7 July) and marching in the crowd was The Gay Flag of South … More Gay Flag of South Africa at World Pride Parade Hopes to end Homophobia

Slaughtering Gays and Lesbians in South Africa is UN-African

A must watch moving video of South African lesbian activists calling on President Zuma to stop the slaughter By Melanie Nathan, July 05,2012. South African Traditional Leaders, under the leadership of MP Patekile Holomisa, comprised of members of Parliament and tribal chieftains, impart license to violence with their current parliamentary discussions to revoke equality and … More Slaughtering Gays and Lesbians in South Africa is UN-African

Precursor to Future Obama Visit to South Africa

Post Apartheid South Africa where -the poverty is apalling; the crime is outrageous, the suffering is disgusting, the corruption is voluminous, Unemployment forty percent – HIV-AIDS – one in five!   Jacob Zuma what now?    asks Melanie Nathan. The  protest poster says “AWB was better than ANC”  and appeared in The Star Newspaper, Johannesburg, South Africa, “A strong … More Precursor to Future Obama Visit to South Africa