‘SA govt must condemn anti-gay laws’
The General Council of the Bar of SA says the current stance with Nigeria & Uganda is hypocritical.
JOHANNESBURG - Government must strongly condemn legislative intolerance towards gay people on the African continent, the General Council of the Bar of South Africa said on Tuesday.
The body says government is bound by the Constitution to do so.
Same-sex relationships are illegal in both countries.
Dozens of people have been arrested in recent months and reports of increased attacks on gay people have been reported.
The council's Stuart Wilson says government's current stance is hypocritical.
"It can't deplore, quite rightly, discrimination against gay people in South Africa and employ a double standard towards the vicious discrimination taking place against gay people, specifically in Uganda and Nigeria."
Wilson says the state has a duty to act.
"It doesn't matter where it comes from - the obligation is binding on the state. It would obviously be welcome if the president were himself to say, 'look, this is not on,' that gay people deserve the same protection in pursuing their life choices."