Triangle Prject's response to ACDP's statement

March 27, 2006

CAPE TOWN — In response to a media statement issued by the ACDP (African Christian Democratic Party) on 23 March 2006, headed �Lesbian couple murder boy exposes flawed human rights – ACDP� (sic), Triangle Project responds as follows:

We join all South Africans in decrying any form of abuse of children and call on the government, and in particular our judicial system, to ensure that children�s rights are vehemently protected.

We express our dismay and outrage at the content of the ACDP�s irrational statement, using the tragic murder of four year-old Jandre Botha at the hands of her lesbian step-parent, to assert that same-sex relationships should not be legally recognised in South Africa.

The ACDP�s attempt to abuse the murder of an innocent and defenseless child in order to further their attempts to stereotype and feed prejudice against the gay and lesbian community is deplorable.

The ACDP�s attempt to opportunistically utilise this very tragic event in order to further their own political ambitions is, at the very least, highly immoral, grossly manipulative and reprehensible.

We reiterate our contention that our rightful quest for the recognition of same-sex unions is a legal and human rights issue as opposed to a theological matter.

We express our hope that the ACDP will in future be consistent in commenting on all crimes perpetrated against children, irrespective of the perpetrators� sexual orientation, including the murders of Jordan Leigh Norton and Makgabo Matlala. Likewise, we express our hope that the ACDP will extend their concern for crime against youth by denouncing the brutal beating and stoning to death of nineteen-year old Zoliswa Nkonyana by a mob of heterosexual youths in Cape Town, because of her being lesbian. This hate crime came in the wake of the ACDP�s irresponsible call for Cape Town to be �less gay friendly and more God friendly�.

We challenge the ACDP to publicly state what they are doing to address the tragic ongoing reality of domestic violence, child abuse, escalating murders of children on the Cape Flats, incest, teenage pregnancy, HIV and AIDS, infidelity, substance abuse, divorce and family murder in heterosexual families in South Africa. – Issued by Triangle Project

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