Former homosexual and manager of New Living Way Ministry, Andre Bekker, has lodged two complaints with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), alleging discrimination against former homosexuals.
His first complaint, which follows an open letter he wrote in August, is against the United Nations Human Rights office, Constitutional Court Judge, Edwin Cameron; Archbishop Desmond Tutu and The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay. He says that former homosexuals are denied rights as a minority group as evidenced by their exclusion from the UN GLBTI equality campaign launched by the respondents in Cape Town in July. He requests that former homosexuals be afforded the same protection under sexual orientation non-discrimination laws that is granted to GLBTI minority groups, and that equal awareness and respect should be raised for them.
In his second complaint he accuses the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) of broadcasting a one-sided story of the GLBTI community and ignoring his several attempts over the past three and a half years to get the broadcaster to produce programmes that accommodate the viewpoint of former homosexuals. He said he provided the SAHRC with documentary evidence of his attempts to correspond with the SABC. He says the SABC should give former homosexuals as much airtime as it gives to the GLBTI community.
“I received an email this morning from the SAHRC informing me that I will receive correspondence from them during the cause of next week regarding both these matters,” said Bekker, whose organisation advocates for the constitutional rights of former homosexuals and ministers to people with unwanted same-sex attractions.