Al Jama-ah remarks about LGBTQI+ community promote intolerance

Issued by Solly Malatsi MP – DA National Spokesperson
08 Jun 2023 in News

Please find attached a soundbite by Solly Malatsi MP.

The DA strongly condemns the homophobic utterances made by Al Jama-ah national spokesperson, Adv Shameemah Salie, regarding the inclusion of LGBTIQ+ groups in the parliamentary process on new family policies.

We categorically denounce any attempt to scapegoat and divide South Africans based on race, sexual identity, or faith.

We firmly believe that South Africa’s strength lies in unity, respect, and embracing our diverse society.

South Africans now face a critical choice between those who perpetuate hate and division and those who advocate for a country where we work together, respecting and tolerating one another.

This choice is between a future under the ANC and it’s allies like Al-Jama-ah that have shown a tendency to exploit divisions, and a future under the DA that upholds the values of inclusivity, equality, and hope.

In light of Adv Salie’s statements, we call on the leader of Al Jama-ah, Ganief Hendricks, as well as the Al Jama-ah Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Kabelo Gwamanda, to clarify whether they endorse and agree with Adv Salie’s standpoints.

It is essential for political leaders to take a clear stance on issues of tolerance, inclusivity and nation building.

The DA remains committed to building a South Africa where every individual is valued and respected, regardless of their sexual orientation, race, or faith.

We believe in an inclusive society that promotes dialogue, understanding, and equal rights for all. We will continue to champion a future that embraces hope over hate, unity over division, and progress over stagnation.

Together, let us work towards a South Africa that celebrates its diversity and thrives on the strength of its people, irrespective of their backgrounds or identities.

Hate has no place in our society, and we must strive for a future where hope prevails.

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