New party takes aim at gender issues

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IEC june 13

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Johannesburg - A new political party, with a focus on gender issues, would contest the national elections this year, Equal Rights Party spokesman Michael Herbst said on Saturday.

The party would concentrate on issues of lesbians, gays, bisexual, transgender and intersex, Herbst said in a statement.

The party was formed because women were being raped if they were suspected to be lesbian and children were bullied when they were perceived to be gay, he said.

“We have this wonderful constitution that says no one can discriminate against another on the grounds of gender and sexual orientation yet nothing comes of it.”

He said government did not speak out against corrective rape.

“We need someone in parliament who will speak out on gender and sexual issues.

“We need someone that will say we are not going to tolerate this anymore,” Herbst said.

Independent Electoral Commission spokeswoman Kate Bapela said political parties would be registered for the elections once an election date has been announced by the president.

Sapa


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