Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba held a meeting in Pretoria with representatives of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersexed (LGBTI) communities. At the end of the meeting, the caring Minister was emotionally moved by the issue troubling SA LGBTI communities that he appointed a “task team” to care for them.
The Minister said the segregation and discrimination of any section because of their gender or sex-orientation, is “irrational, essentialist, divisive and fatalistic.”
To him, it’s a madness which is equivalent to the colonial and racist ideologies that the nation experienced.
“South Africa is among the leading nations to have advanced to this level of diversity and inclusivity. We are now broadening our reach to include all persons…
In keeping with the democratic values and ethos underlying the Constitution, huge strides we have made to build a South Africa that belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity…one that embraces equally the rights of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersexed identities and communities.
That is why this meeting was for us very important. I received with concern the issues raised regarding our officials, on how they treated and handled some matters relating to persons either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersexed; and so the need speedily to meet with the representatives,” Gigaba stated.
He said the task team appointed to look into the interests and concerns of SA LGBTI communities will report back within 14 days.
“Working with the LGBTI community, we will intensify efforts to change attitudes to address any hurdles that may arise.
Through the task team, the LGBTI community will also be able to raise issues with us as they arise, as well as campaigns we can handle jointly,” Gigaba added.
He vowed to ensue that all forms of discrimination are appropriately dealt with through available disciplinary measures.
And, declared that the department is working towards a Home Affairs that is inclusive, promoting unity in diversity.