Gay rights protected, Parliament insists

2012-09-07 22:20

Cape Town - Parliament has not endorsed a proposal to do away with the protection of gay rights, the national legislature's joint constitutional review committee (JCRC) said on Friday.

The committee said National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu referred a letter from organisations representing the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community to it, wherein it was alleged Parliament was seriously considering such a move.

"The authors of this letter [the SA Protection Coalition] claim, among other things, that the JCRC has accepted a proposal to remove sexual orientation as a ground for discrimination in terms of the Bill of Rights contained in the Constitution," said JCRC member Andre Gaum.

Gaum denied the claim.

"The JCRC places on record that it has at no stage agreed to a proposal to weaken or amend rights relating to sexual orientation contained in the Constitution. Statements made outside the committee cannot and should not be attributed to the JCRC."

In the letter, dated 17 May, and addressed to Sisulu, the coalition accuses the committee of accepting a proposal by the Mpumalanga house of traditional leaders to remove the protection against discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation from the Bill of Rights.

Sisulu later wrote a letter to JCRC co-chair Patekile Holomisa to accept submissions from groups representing the LGBTI community.

Sisulu also expressed concerns in his communication with Holomisa.

"You will appreciate that your membership of the national house of traditional leaders could be perceived as a conflict of interest. Consideration should therefore be given to your recusal when the matter serves before the committee," Sisulu said at the time.

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-09-07 22:32

    Wo wo wo! You parliamentarians don't you have something requisite to sort out, like heathy, poverty,crime and educations issues?

  • frankflower - 2012-09-08 00:44

    What, on God's Green Planet, does Ascension Day\r\nhave to do with this? What I see are people, who\r\nfought for Human Rights, oppress the rights of\r\nothers!!! How does that make sense?

      zaatheist - 2012-09-08 05:14

      I doesn't. But don't expect sense from infantile people who believe that there is an invisible magic man in the sky who grants wishes.

  • - 2012-09-08 03:13

    SA is for all that live in it people!!!

      zaatheist - 2012-09-08 05:15


  • zaatheist - 2012-09-08 05:24

    Hello all god believers who have been brainwashed in to hating gay people. I have a message for you. Sorry for you but gay rights are enshrined in our constitution and abortion is legal in South Africa. Please find some other groups to hate if that makes you feel better and more godly. You can be a Christians without having to hate and deny rights to people who are different from you - Just as apartheid discriminated against people based on something (the colour of their skin) which they couldn't change, gays are now being discriminated against based on something (their sexual orientation) they can't change, - Reverend Peter Storey, bishop of the Methodist church, South Africa

      juannepierre - 2012-09-08 05:41

      Well put, but throughout history those who fear what they don't understand usually compress such fear till it bursts out as hatred. One can't hate an idiot for being an idiot, but we can try and get some idiots to understand the concept of live and let live, love and be loved, and development versus oppression.

      hc12345 - 2012-09-08 07:21

      Go get a life. One day you will admit there is a God, whether here or here after. The reason you do not admit there is a God is because then you are responsible for your actions. I pray God have mercy on your soul.

      beryl.knipe - 2012-09-08 07:32

      ZA - I could be wrong but, the first time I read the word "hate" was in your writing? I honestly don't believe that people HATE each other, really! There are certain (actually a lot of) things going on in this world which are SO destructive. And, for every bad ACTION, there WILL be a bad REACTION - go figure.

      zaatheist - 2012-09-08 08:37

      hc12345 Not going to happen. Sorry. But carry on cretin with your wishful thinking and fear of death.

      zaatheist - 2012-09-08 08:42

      Beckie Knight Where have you been that you cannot see the homophobic hatred espoused by your fellow believers? How is this from some Jesus loves you Chrsitian posted on News24? "Gays don't hate muslims because they know islam is a false religion anyway. They hate Christians because deep down they know we're the true religion, so their hatred of Christians is just a manifestation of their hatred of God." Anyway. Hate is the wrong word to apply to me. Contempt, derision and mocking far better express my views of those who promote fear in order to extract money from the gullible and pity for the victims.

  • henk.tredoux.7 - 2012-09-08 07:31

    Oops! Looks like there are people that think being gay is "un African"? Do these people live under a rock or are they in denial? Or just scorned?

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-09-08 18:11

    yawn yawn yawn!

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