Founder slams NP’s ‘gay fix’ claim

2009-02-16 00:00

A founding, but former, member of the revived National Party (NP) has lodged a complaint with the SA Human Rights Commission against gospel singer and NP women’s affairs spokeswoman Elize Sprague, for allegedly making homophobic remarks.

Juan-Duval Uys reported the matter at the HRC’s Cape Town offices at noon yesterday.

Sprague allegedly said at the launch of the NP’s election manifesto that the NP will “rehabilitate” gay and lesbian people rather than exclude them.

Uys, who is gay, also laid a complaint with the Independent Electoral Commission in Pretoria.

Sprague said: “We welcome and love homosexuals … We just do not support their lifestyle because of our biblical principles.”

Judith Cohen of the SAHRC said that if Sprague is found guilty under the Equality Act, the party could be fined.

The Gay & Lesbian Network strongly condemned Sprague’s alleged statement.

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