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.
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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