GAY & LESBIAN PRIDE NEWS|
PRIDE 2004 to march ahead
September 17, 2004
JOHANNESBURG — The organisers of PRIDE 2004 wish to assure the LGBTI community that this year's event will take place on the 25th of September 2004, as scheduled.
This is the word from the Pride organisers following articles published in the Saturday Star and the Sunday Times that suggest that the 2004 Pride Parade may be cancelled due to financial irregularities and that Drag Queens may be arrested for contravening a clause in the Gatherings Act.
"We are aware of the allegations published in the press up to date, and will ensure that no one will disrupt the proceedings. These allegations are being dealt with, through the correct channels and with the utmost sensitivity that it requires," says event organiser Gary Bath.
"The City of Johannesburg and Metro Traffic Police have approved the event to take place on the 25 September, at Zoo Lake, Johannesburg.
Regarding the Regulation of Gatherings Act 205 (chapter 3.8), an operations meeting will be taking place on 20 September 2004, to assess whether the interpretation by the Johannesburg Metro Police of the said act is applicable," Bath says.
Wendy Isaacks, legal advisor at The Equality Project said, ""The safety, security and fundamental human rights of members of our community will not be compromised or undermined in anyway during this year's PRIDE march, or at any other time."
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