ANC steps back from a ‘touchy (gay) subject’


The ANC publicly distanced itself from comments made by MP, Patekile Holomisa, about the reluctance of people to promote and protect gay rights.

Holomisa recently told the City Press newspaper that the subject of sexual orientation has always been touchy for the ANC caucus: “The last time this issue was discussed was about same sex marriages. Most of the people in the caucus were opposed to it, but then Luthili House and the leadership instructed us to vote for it.”

Holomisa, ANC MP and chair of the constitutional review committee, is also the head of the Congress of Traditional Leaders. As reported by the City Press, The National House of Traditional Leaders has appealed to Parliament to debate removing a Constitutional clause which protects people on the grounds of sexual orientation.

On Sunday, the Office of ANC Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga spoke out about the comments. Motshekga said that he would meet with Holomisa to discuss the remarks. Motshekga stated that “the ANC caucus distances itself from these views and would like it noted that at no stage has it considered debating this issue before Parliament.”

Motshekga said that one of the core values of the Constitution was section nine. Section nine of the constitution is the right to equality and freedom from discrimination. Prohibited grounds of discrimination include sexual orientation and any law which denied people the right to their sexual expression would be in breach of this section.

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