South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Tuesday blocked a motion in Parliament condemning the Anti-Homosexuality Bill signed into law by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.
PANA reported that the ruling party did not seek to propose any amendments to the motion, rather it was merely rejected “in its entirety”.
The official opposition Democratic Alliance, which tabled the motion, expressed concern that South Africa “always resorts to silent diplomacy when it instead should be providing leadership on the continent”.
It noted that ANC MPs heckled DA MP Sandy Kalyan when he raised this issue in the House “illustrating their brazen insensitivity'.
“Our motion would have ensured that South Africa continues with the human rights-based foreign policy, established by President Nelson Mandela, and that we re-gain our moral standing in the international arena.
'It would have also made it clear to the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, that her failure to act decisively on this issue must be brought to an end,” said DA spokesman Michael Mpofu.
He said that with South Africa’s proud history of fighting injustice, and with one of the most progressive constitutions in the world, “our government should have been first to publicly object to the barbaric laws of a state right on our doorstep”.
“The South African government and the African Union must be urged to act to ensure that Uganda’s suppression of human rights does not go without censure,” he added.