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DA to investigate George Mayor’s anti-gay utterances

Jun 13, 2018
DA to investigate George Mayor’s anti-gay utterances

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Western Cape on Wednesday condemned 'in the strongest terms' the utterances made by George Mayor, Melvin Naik, on Heartbeat FM regarding the Boston Gay Choir Concert.

The Boston Gay Choir is expected in George on Tuesday next week to perform at the Gay Pride Parade that will take place in the town's York Street in the morning and is expected to hold a concert in the Conville Community Hall that evening.

Themed around a message of acceptance and freedom for people to be who they are, the Gay Pride Parade is expected to host international gay ambassadors and local activists, and is open to anyone who want to support or participate. It will start at the Victoria Street intersection in York Street at 12pm and move down to Unity Park where the choir will sing and the George Municipality Deputy Mayor, Charlotte Clarke, will officially welcome the visitors.

Naik told the station that "all due to my Christian convictions and belief system. It does not carry my approval. I'm saying this without any judgement or discrimination against anyone ... This is only out of my Christian conviction. All of us are equally made by God, all that I will do is bless these men and keep on praying for them".

However, his party was not impressed by the comments.

"His utterances do not represent the views of the Party. Therefore, the Federal Executive Chairperson, James Selfe, will be referring this matter to the Party’s Federal Legal Commission (FLC) for further investigation," said Bonginkosi Madikizela - DA Western Cape Provincial Leader.

"The concert is scheduled for the 19th of June in George and has been received with a lot of enthusiasm from the community. Concerts like the Boston Gay choir is good for the local economy as it provides people with jobs."

Madikizela said that no public representative of the DA can make a decision to exclude or discriminate against any member of the society based on his/her personal views.

"The DA is a Party for all people irrespective of one’s sexual orientation. We reject unfair discrimination on any grounds and show solidarity with the LGBTI community."