‘United we shall stand’

2019-10-17 06:00
Event organiser Pamela Mduku delivering her speech during the event.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Event organiser Pamela Mduku delivering her speech during the event.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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After starting out as a comedian Phumlani Vokovi (30) from Khayelitsha dropped the microphone to start organising comedy shows for other comedians.

Vokovi started performing in 2010 because he thought he was funny.

“When I was in school my classmates would say it was boring if I was absent from school because I made them laugh when I was present,” he said.

He decided in 2014 to stop being on stage but to start organising his own comedy shows in Khayelitsha.

He said at the beginning it was not easy because not a lot of people from the area would come to his shows. He then decided to change his strategy in mobilising people to come.

Another reason he decided to start organising his own shows was to promote black up-and-coming comedians from the townships and take them to bigger stages.

“I used to organise shows for the audience of Khayelitsha in venues like the Lookout Hill but now I’m organising events in venues like the Arts Cape Theatre,” he said.

Vokovi said he wants people from “ekasi” township to also have an experience of attending shows in big venues like the Arts Cape.

His latest show called Black Comedy Official will be on 9 November at the Arts Cape from 19:00 to 22:00. The entrance fee is R130 per person and R260 for two people.

Lusaka Community Hall in Nyanga was transformed into a place of worship on Saturday 12 October as scores of residents and the surrounding communities came together to seek divine intervention against the scourge of gender-based violence.

Event organiser Pamela Mduku described violence against women and abuse as a serious matter that required God’s intervention.

“The service is not about a particular gender, it encompasses everyone. We’ve seen men abused by their partners. And members of LGBTIQ+ (Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Questioning) are also targeted in our communities. So today we are saying enough is enough,” she said.

The prayer was attended by different religious leaders and members of the LGBTIQ+.

Speakers urged communities to stand up and unite against any kind of violence. They called on people not to wait until 16 Days of Activism for no violence against women and children, which forms part of South Africa’s annual calender and is marked from November 25 to December 10.

Mduku urged people to love each other saying God created everyone in His image. She advised residents to report any sinister actions to the police.

A member of LGBTIQ+ from Gugulethu Nosipho Mnosi described the prayer as a great initiative that revived hope from the community.

She said as LGBTIQ+ members they feel threatened in their communities because of their sexual orientation. “Today, we are saying we must all stand up and be united against violence. And we need to say no to abuse and violence,” said Mnosi. She encouraged people to stop judging people based on their sexual orientation.

Leader of Convention of Power Church in Langa, Nokuzola Zipho, described the event as a platform to remember those who lost their lives to violence.“We support them spiritually to give them strength,” said Zipho. She appealed to other church members to stand up and fight for any social ills that are destroying the communities.


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