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South African ambassador to Uganda found guilty of gay-hate speech

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  1. No doubt he will be recalled pronto!

    1. Jock S. Trap 31 May 2011, 12:09pm

      I agree, don’t see how Jon Qwelane can represent South African in light of this.
      I guess the proof will be in the action taken with his position and who he represents.

  2. I’m disappointed from an earlier article to read that “The ANC has asked for “scientific proof” that former journalist Jon Qwelane is homophobic, while Qwelane himself remains unruffled by the storm of controversy ignited by speculation that he will be South Africa’s next ambassador to Uganda.” This suggests that the ANC is far from being the cuddly body they have been projected as being in the aura of President Mandela. Shame on the ANC, and on the South African Government for appointing this bigot as ambassador to Uganda when clearly the human rights agenda there was a matter of concern.

  3. Africa is an incredibly backward place when it comes to LGBT rights – pretty much the entire continent – including allegedly gay friendly South Africa hates gay people.

    I’ve stopped donating any money to African charities. These countries clearly don’t deserve or want aid.

    1. Vincent Owen 31 May 2011, 3:10pm

      I agree – and whilst discussing this let’s be clear – the UK border agency/home office are homophobic. They are deporting LGBT asylum seekers back to african nations where they face persecution, death, rape and infringement of their human rights. The UK govt is responsible for those it’s sends back. Shame on the UK and shame on those african countries that produce these asylum seekers in the first place.

  4. Jock S. Trap 31 May 2011, 12:08pm

    It’s a positive step in light of recent homophobic attacks in South African esp towards women though they need to be doing a lot more.

  5. HelenWilson 31 May 2011, 1:04pm

    I think its worth pointing out the shocking treatment South Africa forced upon gay solders during the apartheid in the 70’s & 80’s.

    “South Africa’s apartheid army forced white lesbian and gay soldiers to undergo ‘sex-change’ operations in the 1970’s and the 1980’s, and submitted many to chemical castration, electric shock, and other unethical medical experiments. Although the exact number is not known, former apartheid army surgeons estimate that as many as 900 forced ‘sexual reassignment’ operations may have been performed between 1971 and 1989 at military hospitals, as part of a top-secret program to root out homosexuality from the service.”

    http://www.thegully.com/essays/africa/000825sexchange.html

    Its a shameful history South Africa never acknowledges. The main perpetrator of these crimes against humanity is Dr. Levin who escaped South Africa and is now clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry (Forensic Division) at the University of Calgary’s Medical School Canada.

    1. HelenWilson 31 May 2011, 1:14pm

      If these crimes was committed against any other group of people, Dr Levin would be rotting in a prison cell in the Hague. The fact the man still holds a medical licence is to the shame of both South Africa and Canada.

  6. I really wish the American gov’t would get on the ball with this. They just dally around with it and it’s really frustrating.

    I’d like to see more cases like this one here in America.

  7. Tony Gay Life Coach 31 May 2011, 2:36pm

    Being gay in Uganda once more comes up. Here’s a personal story to remind us of how it can be; thinking of Joshua: …
    http://gaylifecoach.wordpress.com/2011/05/12/gay-in-uganda-where-is-joshua/

  8. Vincent Owen 31 May 2011, 3:08pm

    South African politicians claim to support their constitutional protection of homosexuals yet turn a blind eye to both overt and covert homophobia. They pay lip service to hate crimes, hate speech and so on – they do not take homophobia or homophobic attacks seriously – some of these attacks have led to the death of people simply for being gay.

    The ruling party is inherently homophobic – and would be far more homophobic if the international community wasn’t keeping such a close eye on South African affairs. The truth is the ANC and the SA govt is infested with deeply homophobic ministers who resent having to defend gay rights and who resent equality for gays. That is a fact.

  9. It’s always the ugly ones. Mr Qwelane looks like he’s been the victim of a battery-acid attack.

  10. Alex Taylor 31 May 2011, 7:40pm

    Jon Qwelane should no longer be resemble South Africa as a Diplomate. The Question is what is the ANC going to do about this. South Africa drifted far far away from Nelson Mandela perfect world. This is not the South Africa Mandala worked for so hard. He wasn’t in jail for free to lose every thing just like that. We as South African can all be inspired what Madiba did for the Gays in South Africa. But the current ANC is destroying US and South Africa. I think the court should have given a harder punishment for a prick that is trying to destroy human rights. How Jon Qwelane can represent South African is the merical work of our Government that needs a trip back in the past to learn what Madiba a great leader did for US as gays.

  11. I so agree with David, I never give a penny to any charity that helps any part of Africa including Christian Aid, I have also stopped buying wine from South Africa,

  12. Commander Thor 1 Jun 2011, 8:13am

    I thought an embassador represents the country he is from, not the country where he is working!

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