A married lesbian couple who were chased away by angry community members in KwaNgcolosi area of south Africa have vowed to fight for their right to live where they choose.
According to DailySun, Nonkululeko and Nokuthula Mthembu, both aged 30, from KwaNgcolosi near Durban, intend to approach the Equality Court this week over the matter.
It is our constitutional right to live freely in the community without being discriminated against because of our sexuality,” said Nonkululeko.
The duo were forced to run for their lives last week after a confrontation from the landlord of the house they were occupying.
We had a good relationship with Ndlela when we arrived in May but it turned sour early this month when he found out that we were married. He and his family would come to our house and hurl insults at us, saying we were ruining the reputation of his village. He said he had initially thought we were sisters, Ndlela said he would send amabutho to demolish our house, claimed Nonkululeko.
“We fled from the area because residents didn’t approve of our marriage.”
When Ndlela was approached for comment he said he was unwilling to give his version of events. “I will meet with the traditional leadership on Friday to discuss this matter.”
KZN police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said:
“If they feel they were intimidated, a case can be opened. They should speak to the Hillcrest station manager.”
Sibongiseni Khumalo, spokesman for the Durban Lesbian and Gay Community Network, said:
“It is only lack of information that leads community leaders to treat residents like this.
“We are working on securing an appointment with the induna so we can hear his side of the story.”