Jewish community offended – ANC withdrawal from eNCA elections debate

20 May 2024

The Cape South African Jewish Board of Deputies is disappointed by the ANC’s decision to withdraw from the eNCA elections debate held last night at the South African Jewish Museum. The ANC requested a change of venue on the day of the debate, despite the ANC spokesperson, Cameron Dugmore, confirming his Party’s participation in April.

Their decision to not participate in a debate because it was held at a Jewish institution is both insulting and discriminatory and contradicts our constitutional value of “South Africa belongs to all who live in it”.

Sadly, the ANC decided to put their political agenda first and missed an opportunity to engage with voters on issues that are critical to all South Africans.

Irrespective of who rules South Africa post 29 May, the Jewish community will continue to be proud and vocal South Africans.   We call on the ANC to accept that for our country to succeed they will need the support of every South African, including the Jewish community, to build and grow a South Africa, which is truly for everyone.

Statement made by Adrienne Jacobson, Chairperson, Cape South African Jewish Board of Deputies     

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