ANC slammed for ‘refusing’ to fly Pride Flag at Johannesburg Council

An almighty row is brewing throughout the Johannesburg Council buildings, after the DA’s pleas to fly the Satisfaction Flag above the long-lasting location fell on deaf ears. It has been ten days because the opposition requested the ruling celebration to indicate their assist for the LGBTQIA+ neighborhood – and so they’ve even had a movement to implement the choice shot down.

ANC find yourself in ‘Satisfaction Flag’ row

June marks ‘Satisfaction Month’ the world over, celebrating the achievements of homosexual, lesbian, trans and queer figures all through historical past. The occasion additionally acknowledges the oppression this neighborhood continues to face – and regardless of having a contemporary structure to guard the rights of those that establish as LGBTQIA+, South Africa stays a hotbed of hatred.

A number of homophobic killings have taken place within the final couple of months – the latest of which shook the nation. Anele Bhengu, of KZN, was discovered stabbed to loss of life and dumped in a ditch simply two weeks in the past. Her sexuality is believed to be a motivating issue behind the homicide. In order the DA sees it, the least the ANC can do is fly the Satisfaction Flag.

‘LGBTQIA+ folks must really feel supported’ – DA

Nico de Jager, and MPL in Gauteng, has expressed his disappointment on this alleged ‘lack of assist’ proven by ANC representatives contained in the Johannesburg Council. The DA raised the problem throughout a gathering in Tshwane yesterday, and they’re hoping {that a} marketing campaign of sustained strain can change the ‘deeply disheartening’ attitudes elsewhere.

“The ANC Speaker thus far has nonetheless failed to make sure the flag has been raised over the province’s highest decision-making physique. Additional to this, the DA can be deeply disheartened by the angle of the Speaker within the Johannesburg Council who disallowed a movement by DA Councillor Chris Avant-Smith to have the pleasure flag flown over the principle constructing.”

“The shortage of enthusiasm by each these ANC-led legislature our bodies to indicate uncategorical assist for LGBTQIA+ South Africans is horrifying, particularly with many latest instances of homophobic-based violence within the province and throughout SA. South Africans of the LGBTQIA+ neighborhood now greater than ever, must see solidarity from their public representatives.”

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