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Plain homophobia': SA school PUNISHES pupil for attending drag show

08/08/2022

Plain homophobia': SA school PUNISHES pupil for attending drag showA matric pupil at Ho rskool Rustenburg has been stripped of her leadership role and school honours after she attended a drag show.

by Naledi de Wee

08-08-2022 12:40

in LGBTQIA

A matric pupil at Ho rskool Rustenberg has been disciplined after attending a drag show. Image via Pexels

Drag shows have become one of the most popular forms of entertainment in South Africa but it seems some communities are not too fond of the idea. According to MambaOnline, a matric pupil at Ho rskool Rustenberg in the North West was punished after attending a drag show at a popular LGBTQI restaurant in Pretoria.

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PUPIL ATTEND DRAG SHOW AT LGBTQI RESTAURANT Desir Duvenage celebrated her 18th birthday in January at Beefcakes, a popular LGBTQI restaurant and bar in Pretoria. The matric pupil told MambaOnline that the drag performers were amazing and she thoroughly enjoyed the performance with her friends.

It was just a good time to forget about everything, all the stress and my school work, she told the publication.

One of the drag performers walked up to the 18-year-old's table and grinded on the student and one of Desir 's friends caught the moment on camera and posted the video on social media.

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RUSTENBURG HIGH SCHOOL PUNISHES MATRIC PUPIL Desir is a top student at Ho rskool Rustenburg and serves as the chairperson of the Land Service, a youth movement that assists young people in developing leadership skills. The teenager's world came crashing down after her teacher showed her the video taken at Beefcakes.

[She] said that it's very negative for the school and they don't want this getting into the media, Desir recalled.

The matric pupil was also told she would be stripped of her school honours for her Land Service achievements and was suspended from Land Service.

It's plain homophobia. I think it's because it's a man dressed as a woman. What a scandal! And also because Beefcakes is an LGBTQI safe space.

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RUSTENBURG HIGH SCHOOL MAKES HEADLINES Earlier this year, Ho rskool Rustenburg made headlines after four students were filmed doing the Nazi salute.

In a statement, Bernhard Visser, the chairman of Ho rskool Rustenburg's governing body said accountable steps would be taken against the scholars.

The school governing body views the incident in an extremely serious light. These gestures are associated with the worst crimes against humanity. The learners were taking part in a karaoke competition at the school when the incident took place, explained Visser.

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