Mshengu was commenting after it emerged that Danville Park Girls’ High School in Durban North refused to allow permission to start a support group for pupils in the LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex) community.
“We are calling on schools and their governing bodies to refrain from discriminating against pupils based on their circumstances. This includes their political affiliation, religious beliefs or sexual orientation,” he said.
The issue was first highlighted by DA MPL Heinz de Boer, who issued a notice of motion inthe KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, saying the rights of LGBTQI individuals were enshrined in the Constitution.
“Many young gay school pupils face enormous social and emotional challenges within the public school system. We want to call upon the MEC to ensure that each KZN school governing body is sensitive to the needs of their LGBTQI pupils.