Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has now become a trusted friend to the gay community.
On Saturday, Gigaba rewrote the pink history books by becoming the first South African cabinet minister to attend a Gay Pride Festival.
Gigaba was the guest of honour at Pretoria Pride at the weekend.
After making sure that American hate speech pastor Steven Anderson didn’t set foot in SA last month, Gigaba was given the LGBTI Pride/GaySA Radio Human Rights Award on Saturday.
Gigaba told the crowd he was “humbled” by the award and that it was also an award the gay community was giving to itself.
The Minister also took a pot shot at the Pastor Anderson controversy and the online petition to keep him out of SA: “It is also an award that you are giving to yourselves; for not being fearful of coming to us and engaging us constructively when the spectre of this person faced our country.”
Mamba Online also reports that the Minister stayed to witness the same sex marriage of three couples who tied the knot at the Pride Festival.
When the official announced that the couples were now married, a jubilant Gigaba shouted: “I now officially pronounce that you are married,” and almal cheered and clapped.
Gigaba has been at the forefront of LGBTI rights at Home Affairs and said he wanted to make sure gay and lesbians’ constitutional rights are protected.