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3 quotes from Cyril Ramaphosa that illuminate the LGBTQ community

Ramaphosa’s presidential campaign and presidency were built on the idea of ​​uniting the nation, the ANC and marginalized groups such as the LGBTQ community.

But during his presidency, he has planned a lot and acted very little.

here is Three words of Ramphosa Shine a light on the LGBTQ community:

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LGBTQ: Before he was president

Cyril Ramaphosa made it his mission to speak openly about the issues facing the LGBTQ community even before he became president, and one of his most memorable quotes came in 2017.

He specifically addressed the suffering of the LGBTQ community, mentioning “Discrimination, violence and abuse” The community has to endure in South Africa. In his speech he said:

“It is a sad fact that the LGBTQ community is one of the most vulnerable and marginalized groups in our country. They experience discrimination, violence and abuse… Every South African must put himself, our community, our institutions And our government is responsible for upholding our laws and protecting the rights of all people in South Africa.

Cyril Ramaphosa in 2017

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LGBTQ: During his presidency

In 2021, during Freedom Day celebrations in Botshabelo, Free State, Ramaphosa took the opportunity to address hate crimes against the LGTQIA+ community.

“I want to send a strong message that hate crimes will not be tolerated in our society and that those behind these crimes will be found and brought to justice. No one has the right to take another’s life and abuse another because of their sexual orientation . Nobody has that right at all.”

Cyril Ramphosa 2021 – Freedom Day

Hate crimes against the LGBQTIA+ community continue in South Africa, and little is being done to punish perpetrators or protect the LGBTQIA+ community.

“It is a sad fact that the LGBTI community is one of the most vulnerable and marginalized in our country.” Cyril Ramphosa, 2017.Photo: AFP

“I’m with you…” Speech

In March 2022, Cyril Ramaphosa delivered an impassioned speech at Human Rights Day celebrations in North West Province, in which he boldly declared his solidarity with the LGBTQIA+ community.

This follows a spate of killings by the country’s LGBTQIA+ community. Here’s what he said in his speech:

“We need to make sure we act against these forms of violence. We have to be clear about that. We want to say [to] LGBTQI+ community, I want to say to them, [that] They are not alone. You are not alone and we are with you on this journey…”We are with you. I am with you. The fight to end violence, discrimination and hatred towards the LGBTQI+ community must end, and It must end now.”

Cyril Ramaphosa 2022 – Human Rights Day Celebrations

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