Leader of South African opposition party Economic Freedom Fighters(EFF) Julius Malema, has led protestors to the Ugandan high commission in Pretoria, criticizing the East African nation’s court bill, which criminalizes identifying as an LGBTQ community.
Uganda already has a ban on same-sex relationships, but lawmakers introduced a very harsh law in a way to stop the movement.
The new bill, if approved by President Yoweri Museveni, declares a death penalty for persons who commit” aggravated homosexuality.”
The party’s national spokesperson Sinawo Thambo said the bill which has been approved by the Uganda’s parliament is “inhumane.”
“The EFF reiterates its utter condemnation of the inhumane Anti-Homosexuality Bill passed by the parliament of Uganda on March 21, 2023.Fundamently, the parliament of Uganda has legalized bigotry,” said Thambo.
Julius has also urged the government of Uganda to rethink its decision.
“You cannot promote hate and then fold our arms and don’t show the Ugandan government that we don’t agree with hate. We are victims of hate. We were discriminated against on the basis of our identity and as a result , so many people were killed and this law that is passes in Uganda is going to be an act of hate,” he said.
The Ugandan bill has been denounced by international bills, including the White House which ,in a statement read by the House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said, :The bill is one of the most extreme anti-LGBTQ+ law in the World Human Rights. No one should be attacked imprisoned or killed, simply because f who they are or whom they love.