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Rights of Gays and Lesbians

27 February 2014, 08:42

South Africa is to seek clarification from various countries about their laws on sexual orientation. What for?

Before becoming the president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma sparked a firestorm six years ago when he was quoted as saying that same-sex marriages were "a disgrace to the nation and to God" and that he would have beaten gays when growing up.

In a democratic country, the idea of automatic leadership or authority through heredity is anti democratic and archaic and monarchies the world over remain a symbolic of privilege over people and are essentially parasitic “institutions” who have had a long enough financial head start at the expense of the ordinary populace.

The polygamous Zulu monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini speaking at Nquthu, in northern KwaZulu-Natal, during the 133rd commemoration of the Battle of Isandlwana, where the Zulu army defeated British imperial forces has criticised people who engage in same sex relationships, labelling them as "rotten. King Goodwill Zwelithini sounded as retarded and ignorant of the fact that South Africa is one of the few countries in the world to extend equal rights to gays, and is the only nation in Africa to allow same-sex marriage. 

A statement from the Zulu royal household denounced the stories as a “reckless translation” of what King Goodwill Zwelithini had said in Zulu. All too often, politicians and other public figures wrongly cry, “I was misquoted” or “quoted out of context” when their utterances sparks a public outrage. 

The provincial Congress of Traditional Leaders of SA (Contralesa) condemned the gays and lesbian group saying that the king does not owe anyone an apology and it was disrespectful to question and demand an apology from Zulu monarch King Goodwill Zwelithini for an alleged gay slur. 

We are faced with different challenges, the challenges of reconciliation and of building a nation that does not discriminate against other people because of their colour or sexual orientation. In a country with a population that fully supports its constitution, King Goodwill Zwelithini’s comments would and should be condemned by every sector of society, instead of just equality and advocacy groups. Society must end the discrimination against gays and lesbians and should look at homosexuality as a normal relationship between two adults.

It is disappointing and extremely distressing that a high profile person makes such vexing and degrading comments about an increasingly vulnerable community and what two consenting adults do is really not the matter of concern of King Goodwill Zwelithini. Everyone has a right to love the person they want to, no matter what the bible or some stupid dysfunctional king says. Jesus said Love one another. Do that and all will be well.

Quite frankly, it does not behove King Goodwill Zwelithini to make such inflammatory utterances that constitutes hate speech, particularly in the public. It is my hope that King Goodwill Zwelithini will eventually turn his attention to crime, access to education and the HIV/Aids scourge that threatens to wreck the province of KwaZulu Natal.

If the government of South Africa believed that no persons should be subjected to discrimination or violence on any ground, including on the basis of sexual orientation, then why was it silent when King Goodwill Zwelithini slurred against the gays and for his alleged condemnation of same-sex relationships.
Royals do not work for their stipends because monarchies are essentially parasitic “institutions,” who continually warrant ongoing financially sustenance to support their lavish lifestyle from the already overburdened taxpayers. You can’t have someone looking for women and houses so that they can be supported by the state.
How do South Africans feel about King Goodwill Zwelithini and his Zulu Kingdom which we support through taxes? Do the “subjects” of his kingdoms benefits in any way from their existence? My feeling is that we should cut King Goodwill Zwelithini loose to give him an opportunity of a lifetime to get a real job to support himself and his big family and stop leeching off the already overburdened taxpayers. The sooner, the better.

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