Posts Tagged ‘rape’

Before I blog about this month’s documentary Screening, I’d like to show Hillside Digital’s gratitude to Ms Kgomotso for blessing us with a sophisticated venue. We also want to thank our guests such as Linda Twala , AZAPO, SA HIP HOP , for taking time off their schedules to witness and admire our passion as the Hillside Digital family. I’d like to emphasize my thanks to the Siyakhona crew for bringing the whole event to life. Now that I’ve given thanks, let me get to what this blog is about, The Siyakhona Documentary Screening .

I feel I should elaborate to those who do not have the full scoop on what Siyakhona Hillside Digital is about. The Hillside Digital is a Non-Profitable Organization based in Alexandra Township, with a goal to plant a seed of change within the unattended community. It deals with the obstacles that bash the township against the wall. Hillside Digital goes out to the community and captures the matters, organizes screening events across the township and showcases them to the people it affects, community members . It also helps the worried citizens to come up with solutions as to how they can approach and defeat these problems. And so far, Hillside Digital has done an exceptionally good job to reach out a hand and try help bring these obstacles forth, through the power of video journalism.

So, on the 6th of June 2011 , Hillside Digital organizes a documentary screening, sets up in a well known venue in Alexandra Township (The Basement). The guests’ early arrival portrayed a sense of keenness toward the event and to witness what the Hillside Digital family had to showcase. The success of the event was unexpectedly great; since we had guests’ like Linda Twala who has had Alexandra Township in his hands for many years; he was instrumental in saving our Township and survived the police bombing his home back in the day. The documentary screening commences and goes on as planned. Our first documentary showcases one of the matters that the township faces on a daily bases-rape. It focuses on the young Alexandra citizens that have been victims and have suffered the ill consequences of living with HIV.

Our second documentary is based on Housing and the Alexandra Renewal Project (ARP). We show footage that Hillside Digital has gone out to research, and get feedback on how the people of the township have housing issue. It’s been disclosed that the unhappy citizens have bad experiences with the Housing Projects; they report that their houses are sold to unknown individuals that have paid enormous amounts of money. We then went out to hear what the ARP had to say about the matter, though the citizens are told by an ARP representative that it has nothing to do with the Housing Department selling their homes. Then the screening proceeds to another problem in Alexandra, updating our progress to end the rats crisis and the audience relates very well as they live under the disturbing conditions.  We then show a documentary called “Music Frees My Soul”; it is based on the passion and talent for music in Alexandra Township. We capture the young voices that live and love music; we meet music legends of Alex such as Jika Twala who is a musician and Moses Sibeko who is a producer. They move our concentration from the troubling topics to something the township is capable of-music. The young talent in Alexandra is marvelous though still undiscovered as yet, so Hillside Digital takes initiative to expose it at the screening event. After the Documentary Screening, we allow the citizens to have a voice and come up with solutions as to how we can better the community. They spoke about solutions as to how we could build a sanitarily clean and crime-free township, and luckily the audience really felt the need to stand as one and fight these battles together as a community. And we as Hillside Digital were content to realize that we have given a voice to Alexandra Township and the township has a voice found through  Siyakhona and Hillside Digital.

NATIONAL LAUNCH PROGRAMME

THE 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM FOR NO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN CAMPAIGN

Picture by Azola Maliti

DATE : 25 NOVEMBER 2010 at OR TAMBO HALL, KHAYELITSHA IN W.CAPE

This has been a great successful event, the whole community stood up as a one society saying no to drugs and substance abuse, also on Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, especial among youth.

They were saying no to Rape and brutal killings of women, defenceless grannies, people with disabilities and young children and also human trafficking. They also fight against not coping with the burden of HIV /Aids leading to suicide and killing of partners and violet crime.

It was great to see political parties united as one supporting their communities even though Mr Jacob Zuma and Helen Zille were not present. ANC, DA, NAPWA, HOME AFFAIRS, CHILD LINE and other NGO’s stood together and shouted with one voice; “DON’T LOOK AWAY, ACT AGAINST ABUSE”

There was also HIV/Aids test clinics, while Home Affairs were helping people with Identities and some got free t-shirts with flyers detailing contact details of programs and associations that could help.

This is how we should work as a province to protect our sisters, brothers and our parents, families together with our communities, so we started it here and you???

Being a lesbian and having to tell a story of another lesbian on how she is treated in the community; almost being raped and beaten up for what she is, is painful for me. The worst to hear is not being accepted by your own family; the people you shared a womb and breast with, the mother who gave birth to you; spent months carrying you. How is the community going to accept you if your family will not?

I have not experienced these hardships living in the townships; maybe it’s because I have not come out yet. I am a lesbian and I am proud but after what I heard from on the streets during Vox pops (random interviews) I don’t think I will ever come out. The way the people were talking, it was scary hearing them saying, ‘lesbians are not supposed to live, they deserve to be killed because homosexuality is a sin. God never created a woman to fall in love with another woman and it’s against black culture. We are embarrassing and humiliating the black community and our families.’

I do not believe this is true. We can’t help the way we feel. If it was not created by God then why do we even have these feelings, not just feelings but strong feelings? How many lesbians have to suffer and die before we are accepted in our community and by our families?

How long is our government going to continue just talking and still remain quiet? They write a constitution that ensures everyone has a right to equality but people are violating our rights. The government does nothing as if to say we deserve what the people are doing to us.

I think as long as the government is not teaching people to practise what they preach in the constitution we still have a long way to go and to suffer. As long as there is no political member saying this is wrong, that homosexuals deserve to be treated fairly like everybody else, violent hate crimes will continue. There is nothing more hurtful than being violated for who and what you are.

I really wish people would wake up and realise that this is happening and it’s not going to end without leadership, dialogue and tolerance. Until then what does not kill me will only make me stronger, we are here to stay, in the closet and in the open.

By Hlomela Msesele

By Suzan Khosa

A day after we went to the German School for a workshop with journalists from around the world, I came across women at the Alexandra Magistrate Court opposite my office, the women were protesting for a rape case. They we chanting ‘ The rapist must die in jail, he does not deserve to be free,’ they said he was an evil man.

The story is; the man came home drunk in the late evening, he kicked the door, whilst the baby and the mother were asleep, he then started to rape the mother in front of the baby and then raped the baby on spot. He was reported to have violently abused them after that devastating scenario. He was the fugitive for a while and was caught by the police after two weeks.

This happened in December 2009, before Christmas Eve. The man has been in jail since January and his hearing was postponed for next month.

I know that this is bad news, when it comes to our mothers and children we must stand and protect them as a country. Alexandra has many issues related to rape and alcohol abuse. As a community we need to deal with it.