In July 2008 Jon Qwelane wrote the following article in the South African Sunday Sun. Qwelane has now been appointed by Jacob Zuma as South Africa’s ambassador to Uganda despite facing charges in the SA Equality Court for the article in the Sun. But of course with Zuma’s own record, matters like that are no obstacle to public office.
Where is this going – attacks on landrights and the Abhalali movement and now the LGBTI community? As well as being a direct attack against the rights of all, enshrined in the SA constitution, the appointment is an unequivocal support of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill presently under discussion in Uganda. It us also a terrible setback to LGBTI activists across the continent and especially Ugandans.
I’m referring to an article in the South African Sunday Sun “Call me names but gay is NOT OK”. The article — which includes a despicable cartoon equating same sex realtionships with bestiality, calls for a rewriting of the SA constitution and the criminalisation of same-sex relationships.
Given the increasing number of attacks — murder, rape, beatings — against lesbians this article is outrageous and irresponsible and does nothing but incite even more hate crimes against the LGBTI community in Africa.
The Sunday Sun is owned by SA media giants, Media 24 and is one of the the fastest growing newspaper in the country with substantial influence – The Sun of SA….….