UCT students call for more action against former SRC deputy president
Zizipho Pae says she will not say sorry, citing her rights to her religious views and freedom of speech.
CAPE TOWN - Disgruntled University of Cape Town (UCT) students have called for more action against the Student Representative Council (SRC) vice president accused of homophobia.
Zizipho Pae was dismissed as SRC acting president last week following controversial statements about gay marriage on social media.
In reaction to a US court ruling to legalise gay marriage across the country, she wrote, 'We are constitutionalising and normalising sin. May God have mercy on us'.
Supporters of UCT's Queer Revolution have transformed the Molly Blackburn Hall with colourful posters which read, 'Your words can hurt' and 'Love Wins'.
Student Li'Tsoanelo Zwane, who is part of a movement calling for the removal of Pae, says she's disappointed by Pae's homophobic comments.
"If you know you are a leader of a large constituency which is very diverse then you need to be socially responsible."
Another Queer Revolution member Pam Dlamini said, "We want Zizipho to be removed as student leader and we want Zizipho to publically apologise."
But Pae's made it clear she will not say sorry, citing her rights to her religious views and freedom of speech.
Some students say the homophobic comments have caused a huge division on campus.
Zwane said, "It's exacerbated the intolerance that was already present because now people feel vindicated in whatever problematic views that they had. It sets a bad precedence going forward."