Clement Scholtz

Activist

In February this year, Clement Scholtz came out. In a piece for the Mail & Guardian's Democracy 2009 series about youth in South Africa, Scholtz wrote about the discrimination and persecution of gay men in his community. No small feat for a 19-year-old from Orange Farm who has been hiding his sexual identity from his friends and family since he was a child. But for the past three years, things in Scholtz's life have started to shift. He joined the Democracy Begins in Conversation project at Constitution Hill, which brings more than 60 young people from across Johannesburg to talk with constitutional court judges and democracy activists. Every Saturday, the youth gather to learn about the Constitution and find out exactly how it relates to everyday life. Scholtz, who is also a facilitator and manager for the Children in Conflict Project, recently began working towards his media studies degree at Rosebank Collage. � Jane Steinacker

Lunch spot: Moyo, Zoo Lake, Johannesburg