Thursday, September 28, 2006

Marxist leader attacks gays.

One of the most prominent Left-wing radicals in the African National Congress has come out attacking gay people. Jacob Zuma, former Deputy President of South Africa called gay marriage "a disgrace to the nation and to God." Zuma was relieved of his position for corruption -- and in South Africa that doesn't happen often.

Zuma, a Marxist, is an odd one to attack same sex marriage since he himself had two wives at the same time. One wife ended up health minister and used almost the entire AIDS budget to put on a play that was seen by only a few hundred people. Recently a young woman who was friends of the Zuma family said he raped her when she was visiting the family. He claimed the sex was voluntary but she denied it. The woman was HIV positive and said Zuma didn't use a condom but Zuma claimed that it was okay because he took a shower afterwards. Remember his wife was in charge of AIDS education for the country so you now get some idea of the quality of health care there.

There is a false perception that the African National Congress pushed through a progressive constitution regarding equality for gay people. In fact the constitution was the result of negotiations of between the various political parties and all of them save the African Christian Democratic Party supported the clause on gay issues. Various measures to grant legal equality to gays were in fact fought by the ANC and most the measures that are in effect are the result of court cases not legislation.

The current government of South Africa is actually a coalition made up of the African National Congress, the Communist Party and the Congress of South African Trade Unions. The ANC government has been propping up the dictatorship of Robert Mugabe and sent observers to witness the last rigged election. Before the voting was over ANC officials were declaring the election fair in spite of wide spread government violence against the opposition. For the last several years South Africa has been readopting old apartheid authoritarian measures. It is sad to see what is being done to such a lovely country.