Will South Africa’s independence and the ANC’s unanimous resolution on the downgrade of its embassy in #Apartheid Israel be held hostage by the SA Jewish Board’s targeting of Min Lindiwe Sisulu as a “threat to SA Jewry”?

The brutal attack on Sisulu cannot and should not be tolerated by self-respecting citizens, who value her leadership and the integrity she brought to her ministry.

Nor is it acceptable for the ANC and President Ramaphosa to stand aside while she is being crucified at the altar of Zionism.

We at Media Review Network find it shocking that since the outrageous attack was published in the Jewish Report, the ANC-led government and in particular the presidency has been conspicuously silent.

Are we at such a low point where sovereign decisions reflecting the will of the people are likely to be overturned due to economic power imbalances which dictate that notwithstanding the human rights ethos of our foreign policy necessitating downgrade, we are forced to ignore Israel’s violations of international conventions?

Having suffered enormous losses as a country due to the corrosive impact of state capture, let’s be equally mindful of the threat to our democracy if we allow racial pressure groups to capture our foreign policy at the expense of the nation’s dignity.

Let’s ensure that South Africa is not plunged into “policy capture” by insisting that the honour and dignity of Min Lindiwe Sisulu is protected from vile attacks.

Let’s also call on the wider Jewish community to distance themselves from the Jewish Board’s hurtful utterances.

Iqbal Jassat 

Exec Member: Media Review Network 

Johannesburg 

South Africa 

Iqbal Jassat

Iqbal Jassat is an acclaimed writer, analyst and commentator and one of the founder members of MRN. His analysis is featured regularly in mainstream and alternate media outlets around the world.