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26 October 2022
SAJBD response to Ahmed Munzoor Shaik Emam’s comments at Sona
On 14 February, the chambers of Parliament once again echoed to the sound of bigoted hatred targeting the South African Jewish community. And once again the culprit was National Freedom Party representative Ahmed Munzoor Shaik Emam. Speaking during the SONA debate, Emam used his platform to embark on a paranoid rant about a supposed Jewish take-over of Cape Town facilitated by the Democratic Alliance.
The SAJBD picketed outside the offices of the Department of Justice to protest against Minister Lamola’s refusal to acknowledge that there is antisemitism in South Africa. Wearing t-shirts `The Lamola Deception’, we delivered a memorandum of understanding calling for the Minister to recognise that antisemitism is not `a figment of the imagination’ as he suggested in his interview on BBC HardTalk. We called for antisemitism to be taken seriously as they do with all other forms of hate in this country. We alerted the Department to specific incidents of assault and offered to provide SAPS case numbers despite the Minister saying in an interview on 702, “it has never been reported to any law enforcement authority in SA”.