The de-politicisation of such a festival is disturbing, because it has become a mere party for people who are out and proud, not an act of protesting against discrimination, and protest against the fact that unlike the (mostly white) liberal minority, there are (mostly black) people who suffer – sometimes with fatal consequences – at the hands of their homophobic communities.
..The One In Nine Campaign was established in February 2006 at the start of the rape trial of Jacob Zuma, to ensure the expression of solidarity with the woman in that trial as well as other women who speak out about rape and sexual violence. The Medical Research Council (MRC) study on sexual violence (2005) indicated that only one out of every nine rape survivors report the attack to the police....The One In Nine Campaign works with organizations and institutions involved in HIV/AIDS, violence against women, women's rights, human rights, and lesbian, gay and bisexual activism to ensure that the issue of the sexual rights of all women is addressed...
The women from the group confronted the marchers with leaflets and even civil disobedience demanding that a minute of silence for those who have been killed because of their sexual orientation or gender expression. They protested the white, (gay) male agenda pushed forward for the march. In response they were attacked by the overwhelmingly white, gay male marchers verbally and physically. A One in Nine Campaign member said: “We have a right to be here... This is a march for LGBTI people. Are we not gays and lesbians?”
Again from Times Live:
A different sort of apartheid is alive and –literally – kicking in the gay community.
The personal choice to be outwardly gay as opposed to secretly is a political act, defying society and narrow-mindedness. The choice to ignore the plight of a fellow member of this community is a political statement, saying loud and clear that you don’t care.
Organizers and marchers refused to see the reality of the women who are far less fortunate than them, and turned a blind eye or turned hostile toward this reality presented to them. The suffering of others is ignored for a mere now quite insignificant parade, which has proven to make no difference.
They did not want their pretty pink parade marred by people presenting a harsh truth.
It is, in fact, more than that. This sort of crap is a white supremacist, racist statement made by people who gay or not consider the color of their skin the most important factor in their lives and consciously or not are more than happy to accept the privileges that come with that decision.
There was nothing to be proud of in this Pride march.
The following is from SACSIS.