ANC blocks motion condemning Uganda's anti-gay bill - Sandy Kalyan

Sandy Kalyan
25 February 2014

DA MP says she was heckled by ruling party MPs when she raised this issue in parliament

Zuma's ANC rejects DA motion to condemn Uganda's anti-gay bill

The DA is deeply concerned and unspeakably disappointed that the ANC today blocked a DA motion without notice condemning the Anti-Homosexuality Bill signed into law by Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, yesterday. 

It is also highly revealing that ANC MPs heckled me today when I raised this issue in the House, illustrating their brazen insensitivity if not support for this shocking measure.

Our motion would have ensured that South Africa continues with the human rights-based foreign policy established by President Nelson Mandela and that we re-gain our moral standing in the international arena. 

It would have also made it clear to the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, that her failure to act decisively on this issue - as made clear in her department's press release today - must be brought to an end. 

The ANC in Parliament did not seek to propose any amendments to the motion. It was merely rejected "in its entirety".

This continues the shameful failure by President Zuma's administration to act on this matter. 

We must indeed ask why it is that South Africa always resorts to silent diplomacy when it instead should be providing leadership on the continent. With our proud history of fighting injustice, and with one of the most progressive constitutions in the world, our government should have been first to publically object to the barbaric laws of a state right on our doorstep. 

As the DA, we strongly condemn the passing of this Bill and the criminalisation of homosexuality anywhere on the continent and the world.

The South African government, and the African Union, which is being chaired by, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, must be urged to act to ensure that Uganda's suppression of human rights does not go without censure.

The DA will continue to push for this to happen without delay.

Statement issued by Sandy Kalyan MP, Deputy Chief Whip of the Democratic Alliance, February 25 2014

Click here to sign up to receive our free daily headline email newsletter



If you come across comments that are injurious, defamatory, profane, off-topic or inappropriate; contain personal attacks or racist, sexist, homophobic, or other slurs, please report them and they will be removed.
 responses to this article

rights are rights
When states begin to remove basic rights and equalities, this is the path to further legislative abuse. That is one good reason why we should object strongly to the diminution of rights in Uganda, whatever civil liberties they may affect. Beyond that, . .more

by mudlark on February 26 2014, 00:46
Find this comment inappropriate? Report it

remember Uganga is independant
Hellen Zille should consider the independance of Uganda and respect the country's decision to passing of that anti-gay bill for the sake's of our african cultures. We are being forced to accept everything that the world throws at us even the verythings . .more

by patrice on February 26 2014, 05:29
Find this comment inappropriate? Report it

Homophobic legislation
The only thing standing between Zuma proposing anti-gay legislation is the Constitution.

by Sara Gon on February 26 2014, 07:07
Find this comment inappropriate? Report it

We wnt tht law here

by skhumbuzo on February 26 2014, 08:11
Find this comment inappropriate? Report it

Think about it
Vote ANC and support gay persecution.

by Marduk on February 26 2014, 09:27
Find this comment inappropriate? Report it

About Time
It's about time an African country stood for something it believed in. I would consider this a genesis for emancipation.

by Konor on February 27 2014, 12:17
Find this comment inappropriate? Report it

Uganda is a failure.
Who wants to go on a holiday to Uganda, Syria, Saudi Arabia and many more with draconian laws. When their children start from dying because all aid ceases they will most probably repeal the Law. 1994 and 1999 voted ANC .... SORRY ... You have lost me.

by frederic kuys on February 28 2014, 01:43
Find this comment inappropriate? Report it