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Protestors in a demonstration on Clifton beach on December 28, 2018, in Cape Town.

South African Queer Activists Occupy Cape Town Mansion

A South African queer activist group has taken over a Cape Town mansion to protest lack of adequate housing and land rights in South Africa.

A queer activists group, under the name Coloured Mentality, has taken over a Cape Town mansion in a wealthy area of Camps Bay. The group consists of seven coloured, queer artists. According to EWN Coloured Mentality's actions are a form of protest to highlight the wealth inequality in South Africa, mostly inadequate housing and lack of land rights for Blacks.

Cape Town is one of South Africa's regions where wealth distribution is unevenly spread, it is also an international tourist site where the rich go to play. According to EWN, the group have been planning the protest for months and formally paid for their stay in the six bedroom house for three days. When it was time to move out the group refused and reportedly intends to stay for three months without pay as part of their planned protest.

"We are participating in this action, because we know that the government both locally and nationally is corrupt and uncaring" they wrote on their Facebook page.

Read: In Photos: 'Covid' is Cape Town's New Informal Settlement for Those Displaced by the Pandemic

The group further went on to criticise global financial systems and how South Africa including other African states bow down to Western powers by relegating the country's needs. Coloured Mentality in defiance also criticised the myth of the "black struggle", that is Blacks must struggle wherever they are in the world.

"Yet the economy has never worked for us and because most of us don't really understand what an economy is, we are fed this story so that we accept that we must struggle. An economy is a global system that ensures that white countries stay rich while they can exploit us. Our government is corrupt because corrupt African governments are easy to control by global elites"

Earlier in the year, COVID, an informal settlement in Cape Town erupted due to the high number of job losses in the pandemic. These job losses affected mostly Black women and men in low income jobs. The rich and privileged were not affected at all and Coloured Mentality highlights this as they are funded by Nelson Mandela Foundation and international funding agency Atlantic Fellows.

"We have been privileged to be able to have access to these resources and that is why, as coloured people, as black people, and queer people, as women, we are telling you it is possible to take peaceful and powerful action that can change the world"

The group is currently running the protest under #WeSeeYou on Facebook. This is not the first time such a protest has taken place in Cape Town. In 2018 a Black activist group protested on Clifton beach in demonstration against racism and the unfair land distribution in South Africa where over 80 percent of land is still owned by white people.

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Wizkid Spoils Fans By Dropping the Music Video For 'No Stress'

Oh, you thought he was done for the day?

All in a day's work! Nigerian superstar Wizkid is climbing his way further and further up the charts (and our lists of favourites) by releasing visuals to accompany track "No Stress," off of his freshly released album Made In Lagos.

It's hard not to move to the track on its own, and now we have a plethora of beautiful African women to virtually jam out with. The release of the second single off the high anticipated MIL album comes as Wizkid toyed with fans by simply tweeting "No Stress."

So far, the album has amassed over a million streams in under 24 hours on Boomplay. The 14-track album features music heavy weights including Burna Boy, Skepta, Damian Marley, H.E.R., Ella Mai and Terri.

The album was originally meant to drop two weeks ago, but with the political and social terror occurring presently in his home country Nigeria, Wizkid chose to delay it.

Watch the music video for "No Stress" by Wizkid below.

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