She epitomised the courage, endurance and loyalty of the innumerable women whose husbands or partners were imprisoned, banned or exiled because of their political activities yet continued to further their ideals while also raising families and serving their communities. South Africans owe her, and all the other unsung heroines of the liberation struggle, and enduring debt of gratitude.
In a thoroughly duplicitous and misleading statement issued on Friday, a small Jewish fringe group sought to create the impression that support for an academic boycott against Israel is a view that enjoys significant support in the South African Jewish community. They were commenting ahead of a UCT Senate meeting where a boycott of Israeli Universities was to be discussed.
Jewish Achievers Awards point the way forward
Coming as it did at the end of a traumatic week for this country, this year’s SA Jewish Achievers Awards was a heartening demonstration of how much people from across the age and gender spectrum in our community are managing to accomplish.
Xenophobic violence against foreign nationals remains a serious problem in South Africa. Over the past decade the Board, with the ready assistance of the Jewish community as a whole, has on a number of occasions involved itself in relief efforts on behalf of victims of such unrest.