The ANC says that the Cape Town councillor who made anti-gay comments in a council meeting will be “dealt with speedily”.
Mayor Patricia de Lille
According to IOL, Councillor Abdulhamied Gabier slammed what he called efforts to promote the Mother City as a “moffie city”.
DA Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille, a long-time supporter of the LGBT community, is reported to have sharply criticised Gabier over the comments during the meeting.
“He was so homophobic and so insulting. I stood up and told the Speaker we cannot allow that language in the house, it’s unconstitutional,” she told IOL.
DA councillor Dave Bryant tweeted: “mayor spoke up and took him to task for homophobic statements and ANC caucus just laughed. What a classy bunch.”
ANC caucus leader Tony Ehrenreich was quoted by IOL as saying: “Obviously the ANC does not endorse statements like that, and are completely opposed to such terms.”
On Twitter, the Western Cape ANC added that Gabier’s comments “are his own and definitely not the official position of the ANC. It will be dealt with speedily”.
In May last year, the ANC rejected a call by ANC MP and chair of the Constitutional Review Committee, Patekile Holomisa, to remove gay protection from the Constitution.
The office of ANC Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga expressed “its concern” over Holomisa’s comments and the party distanced itself from his views, although it never took any disciplinary action against Holomisa.