Articles by Pharie Sefali

I’m a lesbian sangoma from Nyanga

I was raised in a township that is known for its murders, rapes, hate crimes and robberies. Nyanga molded me with a strong personality, but has left me with challenges that will forever be rubbed in my face by those who see my sexuality as satanic.

Pharie Sefali - 9 July 2015

Law enforcement shatters homeless man’s dreams

Law enforcement is removing homeless people who have been living alongside the Liesbeek River below Valkenberg. The homeless claim they are being harassed and their belongings are taken and destroyed by officers of the law. Many have already left the area and others say they are planning to leave.

Pharie Sefali - 25 June 2015

Lwandle: accusations and counter-accusations

Lwandle’s residents intend to protest on the N2 because they say they are being neglected by SANRAL, the City of Cape Town and the Housing Development Agency (HDA).

Pharie Sefali - 12 June 2015

Coping with chronic epilepsy while living in a shack: one family’s story

Siphokazi Rululu (14) and her father, Ayanda Qhara, both suffer from chronic epilepsy. Her mother leaves for work in a restaurant chain kitchen at 6am and returns at 7pm four-days a week. Siphokazi’s sister, who is seven years old, must sometimes care for her family during these times.

Pharie Sefali - 9 June 2015

Lwandle one year later: still no resolution

On 2 and 3 June a year ago the residents of Lwandle Strand were evicted from the SANRAL-owned land that they were occupying. Besides losing their homes, many also lost their belongings. Yesterday, the evicted residents of Lwandle protested despite heavy rains, demanding to be listened to about their problems.

Pharie Sefali - 3 June 2015

Meet the Nyanga youths who are dancing away from crime

Some high school students in Nyanga are working hard to eliminate the stigma that Nyanga is most known for: its high crime rate. They are investing their free time in dancing.

Pharie Sefali - 27 May 2015

“I burnt my client’s scalp” and other load shedding horror stories

Business owners in Langa township are fed up with load shedding. And residents complain that the rolling blackouts makes their neighbourhoods unsafe.

Pharie Sefali - 20 May 2015

“This is what Pride should be!” - Gays and lesbians march through Khayelitsha

Several hundred people participated in the Khumbulani LGBTI Pride march in Khayelitsha on Saturday.

Pharie Sefali - 18 May 2015

Gay sangomas demand recognition

It’s hard being gay and a sangoma, traditional healer Michael Khumalo told a workshop organised as part of the Khumbulani Pride events in Cape Town last Thursday.

Pharie Sefali - 18 May 2015

Gays and lesbians will march in Khayelitsha

This week the third Khumbulani LGBTI Pride is taking place in Khayelitsha and Cape Town city centre. The main event, a march, will be held on Saturday in Khayelitsha. It starts at 9:30am from OR Tambo Hall.

Pharie Sefali - 14 May 2015

Presidency silent on sanitary pad promise

It has been four years since President Jacob Zuma promised that sanitary pads would be provided for poor women and girls in South Africa. But repeated attempts by GroundUp to find out what has been done suggest that his promise has not been kept.

Pharie Sefali - 12 May 2015

Unpaid cleaners protest outside De Lille’s office

A few dozen Skyforce General Services employees picketed outside the Cape Town civic centre today, demanding to speak to Mayor Patricia de Lille about their salaries that have not been paid in full for months.

Pharie Sefali - 11 May 2015

Owners of company contracted by City abscond, leaving angry unpaid workers

Workers from Skyforce General Services company say they will picket today outside the Civic Centre to complain to Mayor Patricia de Lille that they have not been paid their full salaries for months.

Pharie Sefali - 11 May 2015

SANCO chairperson asks foreigners for protection money

Mthethwa Filita, chairperson of the South African National Civic Organisation in Mayibuye, Makhaza, has been asking for protection money from shops owned by foreign nationals.

Pharie Sefali - 7 May 2015

School mourns 13-year old who died running for a seat in school bus

More than 800 hundred students gathered today at Ngwenyathi High School in Gwiqi village outside Mdantsane to mourn 13 year old Lutho Felepu who died running for a school bus.

Pharie Sefali - 29 April 2015

A yard full of faeces

The City of Cape Town has put out a tender to solve among others things the temporary storage facilities for cleaning bucket toilets also known as porta potties.

Pharie Sefali - 24 April 2015