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Exclusive: Meet Africa’s First Openly Gay Black MP

Wednesday’s swearing in of MPs for South Africa’s fifth democratic Parliament was an especially historic occasion; it featured the induction of the first openly-gay black Member of Parliament on the continent, Zakhele Mbhele.\n\nSouth Africa has boasted a handful of proudly gay MPs before, notably Ian Ollis, who game out to voters here on Mambaonline in 2009, but Mbhele’s racial background is significant and groundbreaking in Africa, where many still labour under the belief that homosexuality is not natural to the African soil.

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28th May 2014 00:30

Alessia Valenza

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