The controversial September 2009 kiss.
The popular Generations television soap has come under fire again for its gay characters and storylines, this time from the PAC’s youth wing.
Earlier this week, the Pan Africanist Youth Congress of Azania (Payco) issued a statement asserting that “Africa is not the home of gays and lesbians” and that that the SABC1 series has “declared war with African cultures and practices”.
Payco president Pitso Mphasha, in an interview with the African Eye News Service on Wednesday, described African gays and lesbians as “confused people who have been mentally colonised by Western imperialists who make them abandon their own cultures”.
Mphasha, who said that he would be writing to the show’s producers with his complaint, added: “We are saying to hell with the SA constitution for giving rights to gays and lesbians. Homosexuality is totally immoral and there is no place for gays and lesbians here.
“Generations is condoning homosexuality and indoctrinating Africans with nonsense,” he said.
According to News24, SA Human Rights Commission spokesperson Vincent Moaga commented that the Payco statement “should not be tolerated because it confuses and divides the nation”.
“This is more like hate speech and it will be investigated if we receive a formal complaint,” he was quoted as saying.
In September last year, a gay kiss between the characters of Senzo (Thami Mngqolo) and Jason (Zolisa Xaluva) on Generations led to the creation of a Facebook protest group named “We will stop watching Generations if Senzo and Jason continue kissing”. It attracted close to 20,000 members.
The much-hyped kiss also drew criticism from gay viewers for being pre-empted by an on-screen warning that the episode could include scenes that could “offend” some viewers.
Generations, created by Mfundi Vundla and first aired in February 1994, is the most popular locally produced soap in South Africa.