Last week, I wrote a column in which I drew attention to ANC stalwart Ruth Mompati’s problematic comments on gay rights before the transition to democracy. I conceded that I didn’t know whether Mompati had changed her mind on this later in life. I since learnt that Mompati did make at least one more public statement on the issue, in 2005. It’s a salutary reminder that sometimes politicians are able to acknowledge that their views on matters like this have shifted over time. By REBECCA DAVIS.
Last week, writing about whether our political representatives’ personal opinions on homosexuality should be considered relevant, I quoted comments made by anti-Apartheid activist Ruth Mompati during an interview with activist Peter Tatchell in London in 1987.
On that occasion, Mompati said, among other things: “I hope that in a liberated South Africa people will live a normal life. I emphasise the word normal… Tell me, are lesbians and gays normal? No, it is not normal.”
I wrote: “I admit I don’t know whether Mompati’s views changed on the matter over time, as many others’ would have. I’d like to hope so.” There were, after all, a full 28 years between her London interview and…
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