DA to approach Human Rights Commission over 'homophobic abuses' at East London school

MARCH 9, 2017
DA to approach Human Rights Commission over 'homophobic abuses' at East London school

The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday said that it is appalled at the report of homophobic abuse of school girls in the Eastern Cape and will report this abuse to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) for full investigation.

"On Wednesday 7 March 2017, the principal of Ulwazi High School in Mdantsane [East London], Nomampondomise Kosani, forced 38 teenage girls, aged 14 to 18, to publically tell their parents they are gay," said Sonja Boshoff (MP), the DA's Member of Basic Education Portfolio Committee.

"The girls were then subjected to a barrage of insults and were told to 'stop' being gay.

"The DA will not stand for any form of discrimination, on any grounds. We stand opposed to all forms of bigotry, including homophobia, racism, sexism, xenophobia and any other forms of discrimination."

Boshoff said that the SAHRC is mandated to address human rights violations and seek effective redress.

"This incident indicates a clear violation of these children’s human rights and must be investigated fully.

"Principal Kosani’s reference to the pupils’ sexual orientation as a 'problem' and that the girls were teaching other pupils 'bad habits' is deeply concerning," she described.

"These comments are grossly out of line with the Bill of Rights which states that 'no person may unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on the grounds of sexual orientation'.”