The Democratic Alliance (DA) in South Africa has asked President Ramaphosa to act against his deputy David Mabuza after he had decided not to publicly condemn the anti-homosexual laws in other African countries.
Speaking in the Parliament on Thursday, the high-profile official said SA should avoid interference in the other states’ internal affairs. This came after the MPs had asked him to condemn the brutal regime several governments held in relation to LGBTQI+ communities.
“South Africa only intervenes in situations where parties in conflict officially request her assistance or intervention. Our country respects the sovereignty of other nations. Let’s be decent and keep our mouths shut,” Mabuza claimed.
As a result of his speech, the politician faced serious heat from the opposition, which stated that South Africans should always put human rights first.
“The President must rebuke and distance himself from those comments, and I think he should recommit himself to ensuring that in our engagements with the rest of Africa we will always place human rights and human dignity at the heart of that engagement,” DA parliamentary leader John Steenhuizen stated.