Zuma under fire for remarks about ‘anti-democratic’ same-sex laws

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01/24/2024

Gender rights groups have warned politicians not to exploit the rights of minority groups for “cheap political gain”. This follows comments made by former president Jacob Zuma regarding same-sex marriages at a rally of the uMkhonto weSizwe Party in Pietermaritzburg earlier this month. The Sunday Times reported that Zuma had told the MK Party gathering that he had been approached by a traditional leader who raised concerns about same-sex laws. “When we say things are not right, we are not lying. In South African laws there is a democracy. Those people who enact the laws are in Parliament and they are not the majority. The majority is at home,” said Zuma, according to the Sunday Times. “That is why I was being called by the tribal authority. If we win as a party we would change the repressive laws which are anti-democratic. If this law was brought before the people, do you think it would have passed?”

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