A good week for gay rights

Ag, we love it when South Africans stand up for each other! So we were delighted to read that SA singer Kelly Khumalo said, “No homophobia on my watch” when her long-time friend, media personality Somizi, ran into some haters. Somizi is an openly gay man – a fact that saw churches in Harare, Zimbabwe, block him from attending an event there. Khumalo was asked to come in his place but said no to the gig and defended Somizi. We’re proud to see her standing up for gay rights and freedom, especially to other countries. 

Speaking of gay rights, Kwa-Zulu Natal’s uMngeni Local Municipality is set to welcome South Africa’s first openly gay mayor-elect. Chris Pappas, 30, won a majority for the DA in the region, a first for the blue party, and now he gets to be a rainbow first, too! 🌈 Pappas has been the DA’s deputy provincial leader since 2021. He will be joined by 26 year old Sandile Mnikathi as deputy mayor. 

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 11 November 2021. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.