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WHY is President Zuma not vocal about homosexuality?

With Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni  passing a law that is against homosexuality – my question is, what Jacob Zuma and his government are doing about homosexuality? The fatal attacks and brutal killings still continue, it’s a pity we get to know of some because of the media; and what about those that are not picked up by the media?

I've been thinking about Lesbians/homosexuals that are raped and killed in South Africa, and most of those cases are not even prosecuted yet! What does this say about homosexuality and South Africa? Have you ever heard President Zuma addressing this issue in his state of the nation address? This is a state of the nation issue, and we cannot ignore the fact that families lose their bread-winners because of the Government’s ignorance to address the issue.

When will our government stop prosecuting people because the media has fueled it? Why can’t the law or justice be served equally to all South African citizens, of course without waiting for the media to make or sensationalize stories in order for things to work-out? IT is so annoying to have a GOVERNMENT that is led by the African National Congress, yet too ignorant towards the people they say they fought for!

What is the struggle? The struggle is what is happening in this country. The struggle is Nkandla. The struggle is the ANC-led Government. The struggle is corruption. The struggle is the fact that homosexuals are living under threat in this country with democratic rights for everyone. The struggle is the fact that the ANC won’t recall Zuma because he is what I term a gateway to corruption!

ILGA lists 78 countries with criminal laws against sexual activity by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex people (LGBTIs), but that’s an understatement.

Because reports more than 80 countries that have laws against homosexuality. Focusing more in Africa here’s a list of such countries:

1 Algeria
2 Angola
3 Benin
4 Botswana
5 Burundi
6 Cameroon
7 Comoros
8 Egypt
9 Eritrea
10 Ethiopia
11 Gambia
12 Ghana
13 Guinea
14 Kenya
15 Lesotho
16 Liberia
17 Libya
18 Malawi (enforcement of law suspended)
19 Mauritania
20 Mauritius
21 Morocco
22 Mozambique
23 Namibia
24 Nigeria
25 Sao Tome
26 Senegal
27 Seychelles
28 Sierra Leone
29 Somalia
30 South Sudan
31 Sudan
32 Swaziland
33 Tanzania
34 Togo
35 Tunisia
36 Uganda
37 Zambia
38 Zimbabwe

Is South Africa going to be number 39 or 40 maybe? This is a serious issue, why do people die because of the choices they made on how to leave their lives? Why do people die because of something they enjoy doing?

I don't want to dwell much and talk about Christians in this issue because they are too judgmental hiding with God and Christianity! 

This is in spite of Section 9 of the South African Constitution of 1996, which guarantees the right to equality and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, as well as in spite of South being a signatory to the 2008 United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity.

You may point your dirty finger at me but this is a sad reality! I am subject to be corrected, maybe our leaders are too cultural and stereotyped about issues that affect this country's citizens! Although it does not infect you, it affects you!

By Buchule Raba Follow me on Twitter @BuchuleB

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