Thursday, February 04, 2010

South African Government delivers an ominous message by sending Qwelane to Uganda

by Raymond Suttner, The Cape Times

In appointing Qwelane the Zuma government is showing its unstated objectives, the danger it represents not only to homosexuals but for all who sought and wish to establish a democratic, emancipatory constitution.
At the moment Jon Qwelane is in the middle of controversy for being appointed Ambassador to Uganda.

Before focusing on the present, let us rewind to the 1980s when Qwelane was a reporter for the Star. At that time a fake priest, Ebenezer Maqina, purporting to represent the Azanian People’s Organisation (Azapo), who later disowned him, repeatedly claimed attacks by United Democratic Front (UDF) supporters. He was awarded honours by cities and similar recognition.

He was exposed in the 1980s and later it was found by the TRC that Maqina had been a SADF agent and had incited the abduction of then trade unionist, Dennis Neer and journalist Mona Badela. He had also instigated killings.

In the meantime, Maqina’s false claims had been popularised and never scrutinised by one Qwelane.

He has never returned to the subject, where he misled the public and spread lies on the word of Maqina. I do not claim that there were no misdeeds by UDF. I merely point to an element of Qwelane’s past that has receded into the memory of a few who were politically active then.

The response of ANC spokesman, Jackson Mthembu, to objections to a self-confessed homophobe being sent to a country which has strong backing for legislation to hang gays/lesbians, is “bring the proof”. Now Mthembu seems to confuse his role. He forgets that he is not a government spokesman and it is Foreign Affairs or the Presidency which ought to answer.

But the question shows his ignorance of what homophobia is. It’s all over the media that Qwelane compared the constitutional right to same-sex marriages and freedom of choice in sexual orientation to bestiality. Is this not homophobia? Or does the ANC spokesman not read the press? Or does he not see anything offensive in Qwelane’s writings?

My guess is that the answer lies in a deeper problem, the high tolerance and level of violent masculinities, what one scholar describes as an “epidemic of domestic violence”, the murders, especially of African lesbians. This is linked to hate speech of the Qwelane type.

We know that President Jacob Zuma’s heart lies in homophobic thinking. While he apologised for reminiscing on his youthful gay bashing, he now has alliances with a range of forces that want to reverse laws that prevent patriarchal violence, entrench gender equality and secure the rights of those who do not choose the norms of heterosexuality.

Most ominous of these is with the National Interfaith Leadership Council (displacing anti-apartheid ally, the South African Council of Churches), a range of charismatic churches led by Rhema’s Ray McCauley. Their mission statement says nothing about the Lord but a lot about helping with delivery, ie tenders. Whatever other reasons for this link, they and the unelected chiefs (a term that is open to contestation), make no secret of their desire to push back laws on homosexuality, freedom of choice over abortion and a range of others.

Sending Qwelane, who is not a fit and proper journalist or fit for many other tasks, as an ambassador to a country which is currently wrestling over potential legislation providing for the death penalty for homosexual activities, is a message.

It signifies that our answer to the internal policies of Uganda is not merely to “respect their sovereignty” by not interfering.

We send a person who is a kindred spirit to those who are wishing to impose the supreme penalty for what has long been practised in Africa. Marc Epprecht, in Heterosexual Africa? writes that “while heterosexual marriage with a gendered hierarchy of power are widely held up as ideals…throughout Africa south of the Sahara, same-sex sexuality is also… substantively documented in scores of scholarly books, articles, and dissertations in a range of academic disciplines, in unpublished archival document like court records and commissions of enquiry, in art, literature and film, and in oral history from all over the continent…”

Its being “unnatural” is to assume that the patriarchally based norm of heterosexuality continues as a way of policing both heterosexual and homosexual behaviour, for it is not only against gays/lesbians, but “saving” all from temptation to do what is “abnormal”.

Intolerance of the Other is not a characteristic of any group of people and can in fact be found in all situations of dominance and hostility to democratic institutions. Nazi propagandists applauded when homosexuals together with Jews and Romanies (gypsies) were sent to their death.

In appointing Qwelane the Zuma government is showing its unstated objectives, the danger it represents not only to homosexuals but for all who sought and wish to establish a democratic, emancipatory constitution.

10 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

Hang the homos. I am liking kaffirs more every day.

eduard said...

What is also unnatural is the whites who have sexual relations with the uncrowned beast of the field.

Anonymous said...

Since gays got all this media attention, the world of the libs has reigned. They should revert back to "seen and not heard" with no extra rights. It's now perceived cool to be gay (and I know a lot can't help being gay), but do we really need to know and have it smeared in our faces?

Anonymous said...

As a Christain I abhor homosexuals. I think there is NO evidence to point to genetics, blah, blah, blah, blah. Yes, there are studies - look at who funded them and spot the agenda.

Homosexuality is the same as any other human stain. At a point in time some-one made a conscious CHOICE to take a stubby up the tail-pipe, lie, cheat on their wife, steal, murder, do witchcraft, blah, blah, blah, blah.

In the sight of God there are no "levels" of sin. Sin is sin. The wages thereof is death. And we see it in action. The result of homosexuality is confusion, depression, suicide, drug addiction... Go look at the figures. As "gay" as a moffie is they are VERY unhappy people at their core. The same goes for liars, slanderers, adulterers, thieves and the like.

Gods law abhors all these things equally. Some however destroy the fabric of society and are liable for capital punishment. Amongst the most destructive to the normal function of society is murder, adulterous behavior and homosexuality.

There is a reason the crimes above carry the penalty of death. They destroy the normal use of the man and the woman, violate the instruction of God for man to cleave to a woman and produce offspring. They introduce chaos and destruction into society.

A man cannot give a child what only a woman can give, and a woman cannot give a child what only a man can give.

My daughter would not know what to expect from a man/husband unless I showed her through my treatment of her mother. My son would not know how to treat a woman/wife except for my example. How does a girl know how to be a woman without the guidance of a woman? How does a man become wild and dangerous and know how to be a man without the guidance of a man?

We see the downfall of our society daily. Dysfunctional families, single parent homes, youth who do not know who or what they are because daddy ran off with Suzie from the office - or even worse - is simply a welfare "baby-daddy". Lives destroyed through violence and murder. Families ripped apart by lies and hate. Corporations treating their employees as vagabonds as all are suspect. The list is ENDLESS.

Without the laws of God our society crumbles and falls to ruin. The best and most successful nations were those who based their laws on the laws of God - Britain, South Africa, America...

This is no longer the case. The laws are now based on ear tickling theories, pressure groups will, and downright human depravity. We are reaping the fruits of our decision to abandon Gods laws.


Romans 3:20
Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Without laws there can be no wrong. Our current laws just make the wrong things right.

Romans 7:12
Why the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

The laws of God are good. They stop us from destroying our selves. They are there to give us a framework of how to live in relation to God and in relation to our fellow man. When mans laws are changed to follow the dictates of mans vain philosophy, the end is destruction.

While certain practices may seem to be "normal" and society (and the prevailing ear tickling philosophy of the month) says they should be accepted they are nevertheless extremely prejudicial to the health of society.

The results speak for themselves.

VI said...

@Anon 5:07. My but you have been badly indoctrinated. I will speak to the folks at the Futilitarian Church. I am sure there must be a cure.

Frankly, I don't care if you want to believe in a mythical man in the sky, but it is a crying shame that you have the arrogance to think that your God is The God; and it is shameful that you subject your children to psychological indoctrination before they are capable of thinking for themselves.

Sis man.

You are wrong on so many fronts, and it isn't even worth pointing out why. Anyway, you've had your rant.

Max said...

A man named Yuri Bezmenov (Ex KGB agent) said, Communists will use homosexuals, hippies, liberals to achieve their goals, but once the goals have been achieved they will be (I quote) "shot"
Zuma and his communists are now in power and the roll the gay movement played in overthrowing apartheid has been forgotten, and now a new order must be established, which does not include gays and liberals.

Anonymous said...

Anon 5:07
What two consenting adults do, in privacy, behind closed doors, has got f*ck all to do with you. Geddit? It's none of your business, your opinion is worthless!

FishEagle said...

Judge the gays all you want, just don't prescribe your way of thinking to others. Everyone must make their own choices.

P.S. Anon 10.32. And you think the kaffirs feel the same way!

Exzanian said...

What two consenting adults do in private is their business entirely. Not my business at all, I couldn't give a tosser. If they want to "formalise" it with a ceremony, well that's their choice. I won't attend (unless my daughter happens one day to surprise me :) (perish the thought) BUT where I do draw the line is the adoption of kids into a same sex "marriage". That is something that affects the rights of the child, who has no say in the matter...It represents an up close and personal role model situation that is incongruent and is bound to have an effect on the child's own personality and sexual orientation...

Exzanian said...

"tosser" pun not intended