Publication of a virulent homophobic article in the South African Sunday Sun has shocked many people in Cape Town.To add insult to injury, John Qwelane, used his assault on gays and lesbians to shower praise on the brutal dictator of Zimbabwe who has killed hundreds and beaten and maimed thousands. He spewed hatred by arguing, “There could be a few things(about which) I could take issue with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, but his unflinching and unapologetic stance over homosexuals is definitely not among those.” Mr. Qwelane added that he could only pray that South African politicians would one day have “the balls” to scrap the section in the Constitution that sanctions gay and lesbian marriages. In response to protests, the Sun reporter emphasized “I stand by my column. Whatever happened to freedom of speech in this country?”
Mr. Qwelane has every right to express his opinions and so do those who protest against his insulting comments about members of the South African community. For some reason, he still doesn’t grasp part of the anger is his comments supporting a brutal dictator who has been engaged in a ruthless campaign of violence.
Oh, by the way, Adolf Hitler also opposed homosexuals.