27 November 2015
In South Africa the controversial Economic Freedom Fighters party has spoken out against homophobia, saying it opposes all forms of oppression.
A statement released by the party earlier this week reads:
"Black people in this country are oppressed on many levels: they are landless, poor, unemployed and are constantly discriminated against based on their sexual orientation and identity. At the center of this sexual violence is the plight of lesbian women who continue to be raped to 'correct' their sexuality.
"Victims of violence based on sexual identity received hostile treatment when they sought help from the police and healthcare workers.
"Our society, organisations and institutions form part of the daily violence against victims of sexual abuse.
"We are against patriarchy, sexism and homophobia.
"We recognise that black gender nonconforming people are further marginalised within the economy.
"The EFF's call for economic freedom in our lifetime must be understood to also mean economic freedom for those who are marginalised on the basis of their sexual identity."
"Economic freedom can never be complete without the equal emancipation of all who are oppressed on the basis of sexual orientation and identity".