Anele Xhati shares her experiences of being an LGBTQI+ activist and transwoman in the North West. Xhati talks about the real-life dangers in communities, and discrimination in the workplace, and how lockdown has made life harder for the province’s LGBTQI+ community.
Sex workers are more likely to be victimised, raped and killed than other women at the hands of both police and clients. As long as sex work remains illegal individuals are left at the mercy of a dehumanising system. Any conversation on rape needs the input of sex workers: one of the most vulnerable communities.
Zandile*, a slender seven-year-old, was raped and almost killed in her family’s shack in Katlehong on the night of 20 November ‘ allegedly by her mother’s ex-boyfriend. After raping her, the man slit her throat in front of her five-year-old brother and left her bleeding and struggling to breathe.