9 September 2016
The Department of Home Affairs has noted comments and requests for a response on the matters pertaining to US Pastor Steven Anderson and the intended visit to the Republic of South Africa.
The department is still engaging with the LGBTI organisations and other stakeholders. An official announcement will be made after finalising the consultations and having weighed the facts.
The basis of our work is on managing comments directed at the LGBTI community and their rights. We are not prepared to expend our energy on dealing with irrational aspersions directed at the Minister. If we were to react to every insult directed at the minister or the department, then South Africa will indeed become an empty country.
The department has reaffirmed its unwavering support for the LGBTI community. Our Constitution enjoins us to recognise the injustices of our past, honour those who suffered for justice and freedom in our land, and heal the divisions of the past and establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights for all.
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