Contralesa is entitled to voice its opinions

Tshepo Madlingozi's letter "Contralesa chief is homophobic" (Sowetan Tuesday February 27) begs a response because of its factual inaccuracies. Contralesa is not a statutory body, but an organisation of traditional leaders.

Tshepo Madlingozi's letter "Contralesa chief is homophobic" (Sowetan Tuesday February 27) begs a response because of its factual inaccuracies. Contralesa is not a statutory body, but an organisation of traditional leaders.

Contralesa and others resisting forced changes should be commended for making their views known.

Like everyone else, Contralesa president Nkosi Pathekile Holomisa has the right to express his views. The Constitutional Court ordered parliament to amend the marriage legislation to legalise same-sex marriages .

Holomisa and many others have recognised the fact that there is a destructive onslaught on our cultures, religions and values. It is incorrect to expect people to shut up and ignore these changes.

We grew up knowing that it was natural for people of opposite sexes to marry to fulfill their personal and sexual needs. This is why we have women and men.

Today we are talking about tolerating gays and lesbians.

What about tomorrow? Will we be talking about tolerating people who want to commit incest, bestiality and so on?

Madlingozi is saying that people should accept these changes and not disagree with them.

The bottom line is these debates will be with us for some time to come and people like Holomisa should be allowed to engage in them.

Sibusiso Nkosi, Johannesburg

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