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Pappas Dismisses Homophobic Comments Amid Bid for KZN Premier Role



Christopher Pappas

Christopher Pappas, the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) candidate for KwaZulu-Natal Premier, remains undeterred by homophobic comments amid his campaign.

According to EWN, homophobic remarks, including those from the KwaZulu-Natal ANCYL and former DA MP Graham McIntosh, have targeted Pappas since he announced his candidacy.

The KwaZulu-Natal ANCYL protesters carried homophobic posters and made discriminatory remarks during a recent protest against Pappas.

Former DA MP Graham McIntosh resigned, citing disappointment with the party for selecting a gay man as a representative in KwaZulu-Natal.

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McIntosh claimed Pappas’ sexual orientation would deter black voters, a statement Pappas countered by highlighting his successful mayoral tenure in Umgeni, a predominantly black town.

Pappas feels supported by his party and asserts KwaZulu-Natal’s tolerance for individual differences, citing its diverse population.

The DA, recognising the need for sensitivity, resolved to provide LGBTQI+ sensitivity training for its members during its April Federal Congress.

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Picture: Facebook / Jane Sithole

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