The LGBTQIA+ community hopes that having its members as councillors will help in the fight against homophobic killings in South Africa.
Tshwane LGBTQIA+ community regional chairperson, Itumeleng Mombezi, told Newsnote that they feel honoured to be among the African National Congress (ANC) candidates and said this shows that the ANC is a non-sexist organisation.
Mombezi said this at the ANC's 2021 local government election manifesto launch held in Church Square in Pretoria on Monday where hundreds of supporters gathered to listen to party president, Cyril Ramaphosa.
On Sunday Ramaphosa introduced Benjamin Gopane as one of the young ANC candidates who are going to contest the upcoming elections. Gopane is also a member of the LGBTQIA+ community in the Northern Cape.
The president said Gopane was among the young leaders who will enable the party to build on the gains it has made, learn from its mistakes and take local government into a new era.
In its manifesto the ANC said it will tackle hate crimes against the LGBTQIA+ community.