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ANGER AT CONTRALESA'S ANTI-GAY HOLOMISA

Mon, 7 May 2012

Patekile Holomisa on the cover of his 2009 book
'According to Tradition'
A number of groups, including the DA, have called for action to be taken against MP and President of the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa), Patekile Holomisa, for his anti-gay stance.

Holomisa is also chair of the Constitutional Review Committee, which recently recommended that a proposal from Contralesa and the House of Traditional Leaders to remove gay protection from the Constitution’s Bill of Rights be taken to political parties for further discussion.

Holomisa justified this action last week by telling City Press that "the great majority" of South Africans did not support the right to equality of gay and lesbian people.

He insisted that most ANC MPs had only voted for same-sex marriage rights in Parliament in 2006 because they were forced to so by the party.

While ANC Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga distanced the party from the comments and the proposal, the DA called on Motshekga to also suspend Holomisa as an MP until he apologises.

"Holomisa's utterances have no place in an egalitarian and progressive democracy such as ours. His deeply prejudiced views undermine the values of equality, dignity and freedom on which our democracy is based, and for which so many fought so hard for," said Watty Watson, DA Chief Whip, on Monday.

LGBT media NGO Behind the Mask (BTM) said that it was "disappointed and outraged” by Holomisa's statements.

“The fact that a traditional leader who is so influential in African culture can make a comment like this can result in many people being hurt. As a leader with so much power and influence, you cannot be uttering such a statement. We are very disappointed and hope that drastic action is taken against him,” Lesego Tlhwale, BTM Link Co-ordinator told the Daily News.

OUT, the Pretoria-based LGBT well-being group, congratulated the ANC for not entertaining the constitutional amendment proposal but also condemned Holomisa's views and the actions taken by Contralesa.

"The use of culture to hide prejudice is nothing new and not unique to Africa," commented Dawie Nel, Director of OUT, to Mambaonline.

He pointed out that while the majority of people may have certain views on matters ranging from abortion to the death penalty it did not necessarily mean that the Constitution should reflect these.

"The Constitution’s Bill of Rights is precisely there to protect all of our rights, especially minorities, regardless of the views of the majority," Nel said.

In an e-mail to SA GLAAD's Cobus Jesse Fourie, the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) said that it was "implacably opposed to any tinkering with the Equality clause in the Bill of Rights and will collaborate with like-minded organisations to resist such amendment of a founding principle of the South African Constitution".

by Staff Writer

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10/2/2012 9:51:33 AM Down Up Reply REPLY
i support HOLOMISA THESE THING IS MESSING UP THE BALANCE OF LIFE THE CREATOR MADE FOR US. THIS IS EVIL BUT GOD WILL WIN NO MATTER WHAT. WHY? BECAUSE HES HOLY, AWESOME, GREAT, LOVING KIND AND DESPISES EVERYTHING AGAINST HIS WILL.... THESE RIGHTS WILL COST OUR COUNTRY.
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Dave 5/16/2012 6:39:11 PM Down Up Reply REPLY
Oh, and a big PS

What fool wishes to be viewed with a Leopard skin in the background of his photograph.

ONLY A ???????
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Dave 5/16/2012 6:20:56 PM Down Up Reply REPLY
Looking at your photo I have to conclude that you are the "typical neighbour from hell" and the the position that you hold was obviously NOT EARNED, it was rather bestowed upon you as some sort of tribal rite. Now as a 62 year old very fit martial arts devotee, widowed and hetrosexual, I find your comments offensive, politically self serving, and quite honestly PRIMATIVE.
So, where to from here for you, because it is not the world out of step with you, but rather you out of step with the world.
I might suggest that, at your tender age you take a look around you. READ, LEARN ACCEPT and then inwardly digest that which you have learned, and then stop making stupid comments.
Regards
Dave
Heterosexual
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Takalani 5/9/2012 7:27:46 PM Down Up Reply REPLY
"If you have to make a law that hurts a number of people just to prove your morals or faith, then you have no true morals of faith to prove"
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JC 5/9/2012 8:43:30 AM Down Up Reply REPLY
I am sick and tired of the, African culture been thrown in every bodies face. This is one of the most diverse countries in the world with different races and cultures. Cultural beliefs and traditions should not interfere with the constitution. I for one will not be forced into someone elses cultural belief system.
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Daniel 5/8/2012 10:25:28 PM Down Up Reply REPLY
That leopard print... My eyes are violated! #scarredforlife
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R 5/8/2012 7:30:21 PM Down Up Reply REPLY
He looks like a gayer version of Duke from that crappy Backstage show. Like watching e.tv, people r tired of watching and listening to the same garbage how about somthing new.
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Rolando 5/8/2012 4:05:35 PM Down Up Reply REPLY
It's all about education. These traditional leaders need to open their minds to get rid of all their preconceived notions of what being gay is all about...
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Tk 5/8/2012 4:01:18 PM Down Up Reply REPLY
Unxilil'uHolomisa!
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Pissed 5/8/2012 12:04:34 PM Down Up Reply REPLY
uyanya uPathekile
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