ATT: MINISTER OF BASIC EDUCATION MS. ANGIE MOTSHEKGA
MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING DR. BLADE NZIMANDE
CC: PARLIAMENTARY PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON BASIC EDUCATION CHAIRPERSON MS. BONGIWE PRICILLA MBINQO-GIGABA
PARLIAMENTARY PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON HIGHER EDUCATION CHAIRPERSON MR. MOHLOPI PHILLEMON MAPULANE
Dear Ms. Motshekga, Dr. Nzimande, Ms. Mbinqo-Gigaba and Mr. Mapulane
We refer to the controversy related to the introduction of sexual education and specifically the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) program to the South African school curriculum.
We wish to reiterate our community’s absolute and firm opposition to the introduction of some of these concepts, such as sexual desire, sexual diversity, sexual expression and enjoyment, motivations for having and not having sex and the way it has been proposed. According to StatsSA, 88.7% of South Africans consider themselves to be people of faith. The CSE program is known to demean religion and faith.
Notwithstanding South Africa is a secular democracy, and this is often used to diminish the role and opinions of faith communities in aspects related to the content and manner in which religion and some religious views related to LGBTQ, sex and evolution are taught in learning institutions, the views of the vast majority of people must prevail.
We must resist any foreign force using donor aid or political pressure to further an agenda that is not in keeping with the vast majority of our peoples’ views.
The vast majority of South Africa, we are quite certain, are opposed to the CSE concepts being introduced in the manner and content proposed.
DR FAISALSULIMAN (CHAIRPERSON0
SOUTH AFRICAN MUSLIM NETWORK