Premier Makhura to Gauteng ANC Deputy Chairperson David Makhura in his capacity as Gauteng Premier has called on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community to form a provincial forum that will work closely with the provincial government in addressing challenges facing this sector
Speaking at the LGBTI Ntirhisano on Friday, Makhura said it was important for the LGBTI community to organise themselves and fight for their rights.
“We have taken a decision to create a LGBTI desk in the Office of the Premier where we will be able to engage with this sector of our community to address their challenges not just once a year but whenever the need arises,” said Comrade Makhura.
The ANC Deputy Chairperson Comrade Makhura said discrimination against members of the LGBTI community in churches, schools, and families was unacceptable. Comrade Makhura said action was needed to ensure that people are accepted for who and what they are.
The Gauteng government is raising awareness about the rights of the LGBTI community and aims to de-stigmatise this community. Comrade Makhura said Ntirhisano was not just another talk shop but a vehicle used by government to identify issues and resolve them.
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He noted that the South African Constitution guaranteed equal rights, human dignity and freedom to everyone including those from the LGBTI community.
One of the areas in Gauteng that is notorious for its high levels of intolerance towards members of the LGBTI community is KwaThema in Ekurhuleni. Speaking on behalf of the LGBTI community, Phumi Mthethwa commended on Makhura’s commitment and leadership in tackling challenges facing the LGBTI community.
“I would like to congratulate Premier Makhura and his government for speaking up about issues we are faced with on a daily basis,” said Mthethwa. She said she was hopeful that the LGBTI desk in the Office of the Premier would be well-resourced and effective. year.