By Melanie Nathan, April 09, 2013.
In January we reported that an Arts School in Bloemfontein, South Africa, claimed in its prospectus that it could cure homosexual students. We reported that a “South African Christian arts academy, Creare Training Centre may be breaking the law by advertising that it can “cure” homosexual students, and that if a homosexual refuses such, they can be expelled.” Then our BLOG challenged the director when he tried to deny it, and we exposed the offending literature in their written prospectus. Now they have been found guilty of Human rights violations under South African Law.
The Bloemfontein Arts Academy, Creare Training Centre, has been found guilty of human rights violation. The SA Human Rights Commission spokesperson Isaac Mangena issued a statement:
“The Creare Training Centre is violating the rights to equality, dignity, religion, freedom of association, freedom and security of the person, and education as enshrined in the Constitution,” .
The justice ministry had asked the commission to investigate claims of unfair discrimination at the Creare Training Centre in Bloemfontein in January.
Deputy Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Andries Nel told the commission the centre had a prospectus, Relationship Etiquette, which opposed same-sex relationships, and called for discipline or barring gays and lesbians from attending classes. The latter being contrary to the clear principles enshrined in the South African Constitution.
“The commission rejects the exclusionary provision in the relationship etiquette and the justification offered by Creare Training Centre,” said Mangena.
According to the center’s prospectus, they could “convert” gay students into heterosexuals through “rehabilitation”, we reported.
Creare founder Cornelius van Heyningen denied the institution was discriminatory.
“We are catering for those who say, ‘I want to change as a homosexual’. That’s not saying no homosexuals are allowed,” he was quoted as saying.
He compared the academy’s stance on homosexuality to a drug rehabilitation program. The commission recommended that the prospectus be reviewed and amended within three months.
Our earlier articles back in January:
By Melanie Nathan, January, 19, 2013. The South African Justice Ministry has called on the Human Rights Commission to investigate claims of unfair discrimination at the Creare Training Centre in Bloemfontein. A week ago we reported that Creare Training Center’s prospectus claimed it could convert gay students into heterosexuals through “rehabilitation” and the discriminatory statements […]
A South African Christian arts academy in Bloemfontein may be breaking the law by advertising that it can “cure” homosexual students, and that if a homosexual refuses such, they can be expelled. By Melanie Nathan, January 13, 2012. The Sunday Times reported that the Creare Training Centre’s prospectus claimed it could convert gay students into […]