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New gay rights party to stand in South African elections

Published on Feb 2, 2014 6:24 AM

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - A new party that will defend gays and lesbians against violence and persecution will stand in South Africa's elections this year, its spokesman said on Saturday, Feb 1, 2014.

"We need a voice in Parliament to protect women from being raped because people want to cure them from being lesbians," Mr Michael Herbst of the Equal Rights Party told AFP.

"We need someone in Parliament when boys are bullied at school because they are thought to be gay," said the retired professor of health studies at the University of South Africa.

"South Africa has one of the most beautiful Constitutions that guarantees the rights of the people who are lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, et cetera. But in reality, it doesn't work well," he said.

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