Homophobia is un-African – Dali Mpofu

2014-04-02 10:54

Homophobia is un-African, says Advocate Dali Mpofu, the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF’s) Gauteng premier candidate.

Mpofu was the keynote speaker at the party’s minority group’s seminar which addressed the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community in Joburg last night.

Mpofu emphasised the party’s commitment to protecting people’s constitutional rights and engaging in activities that would protect the LGBTI community.

“In EFF you have a home,” he told the three dozen people gathered in a hotel in Braamfontein.

When asked about Uganda’s new anti-gay law and the EFF’s stance on the matter, Mpofu replied: “This is the most ridiculous piece of legislation. Discrimination is not an African value. Intolerance is in complete contradiction to the concept of ubuntu,” he said.

“What is un-African is to intervene in people’s lives and tell them how to live their lives. Everyone counts – I am because you are,” he said.

Human dignity, freedom and equality were principles he said were at the core of EFF’s values. Mpofu said the entire party and its constituency are made up of the most vulnerable members of any grouping.

“The EFF is an organisation of the underdog. The EFF has positioned itself to address the plight of the most vulnerable, whether it is the LGBTI community, the unemployed or those without housing or food.”

Mpofu said the EFF was continuously amending and improving sections in its manifesto pertaining to the LGBTI community.

“We decided to hold such a meeting so that we can engage in a process of mutual learning. As a new party, we feel it is important to listen to people on the ground and find out what they want so we can cater to people’s needs.”

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