An almighty row is brewing in Johannesburg council buildings, after calls for the DA to fly the pride flag above the iconic location fell on deaf ears. It’s been ten days since the opposition called on the ruling party to show support for the LGBTQIA + community – and they even quashed a motion to enforce the decision.
The ANC is found in the “Pride Flag” row
June marks “Pride Month” around the world, celebrating the achievements of gay, lesbian, trans and queer personalities throughout history. The event also recognizes the oppression this community continues to face – and despite a modern constitution to protect the rights of those who identify as LGBTQIA +, South Africa remains a hotbed of hate.
Several homophobic murders have taken place in the past two months – the most recent of which has rocked the nation. Anele Bhengu, from KZN, was found stabbed to death and thrown into a ditch just two weeks ago. His sexuality is believed to be a motivator behind the murder. So, as the DA sees it, the least the ANC can do is wave the flag of pride.
“LGBTQIA + people need to feel supported” – DA
Nico de Jager, and MPL in Gauteng, expressed disappointment at the alleged “lack of support” shown by ANC representatives in the Johannesburg Council. THE D raised the issue at a meeting in Tshwane yesterday, and they hope that a sustained lobbying campaign can change “deeply discouraging” attitudes elsewhere.
“To this day, the president of the ANC has still not ensured that the flag is hoisted above the highest decision-making body in the province. Additionally, the DA is also deeply disheartened by the attitude of the Johannesburg chairman of the board who rejected a motion by DA adviser Chris Avant-Smith to fly the pride flag over the main building.
“The lack of enthusiasm of these two ANC-led legislative bodies to show unconditional support for LGBTQIA + South Africans is appalling, especially with many recent cases of homophobic violence in the province and across Africa. South. South Africans in the LGBTQIA + community need more than ever to see the solidarity of their public representatives. “