Supporters of gay rights and EFF members go head to head at UCT

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07/26/2023

Tensions ran high at the University of Cape Town on Monday evening as supporters of gay rights confronted members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) ahead of a lecture by Kenyan professor Patrick Lumumba. Lumumba, who has been reported as supporting the repression of gay people in Uganda, was invited by the EFF for the party’s ten-year birthday celebration. The two groups confronted each other outside the Sarah Baartman Hall, each trying to out-sing the other. Protesters from the LGBT community waved rainbow flags and posters saying “Queer lives matter”, “Lumumba uyabhora” (Lumumba you are annoying) and “Education cures homophobia”. Micha Cerf, the vice chairperson of Rainbow UCT, said, “Professor Lumumba has expressed, quite explicitly, that he is a self-proclaimed homophobe. He has also called queerness and homosexuality un-African and has expressed the fact that he believes what is happening in Uganda is good.”

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