The SAJBD are saddened to note the passing of politician #Zola Skweyiya, and extends its condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. Mr Skweyiya will be remembered as a dignified and committed leader who always put his responsibilities to the betterment of the South African people first. The SAJBD worked closely with him when he was one of the envoys appointed by former President Jacob Zuma to finding a lasting solution to the Middle East. To this end we appreciate the tireless diplomatic effort he put into finding resolutions to the Palestinian Israeli conflict.
Over the past 24 hours, a flurry of viciously antisemitic and threatening attacks have been made against South African Jews, both on social media and in direct face-to-face encounters. The incidents, which are being followed up by the SA Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD), have generated great anxiety and anger in the Jewish community and screenshots of the offending posts have gone viral
The SAJBD has been notified of a number of appalling antisemitic comments posted on social media recently
Dear Community Member
The SAJBD has been notified of a number of appalling antisemitic comments posted on social media platforms by a number of different people over the past 24 hours. We have been investigating the incidents and have now established the identities of two of the perpetrators. A third case, which occurred more recently, is currently being followed up.
The various posts are in clear violation of South Africa’s laws prohibiting hate speech. Please be assured that the SAJBD is dealing with the matter and will be taking appropriate steps against the guilty parties. We are now in communication with our legal advisers to decide on the most effective course of action.