Positioning Statement

The SAJBD is the umbrella representative spokesbody and civil rights lobby of the SA Jewish community. It promotes the safety and welfare of South African Jewry, including combating antisemitism in all its forms, and builds bridges of friendship and understanding between Jews and the broader South African population.   

SAJBD meet with newly-appointed ANC Secretary-General Ace Mogashule

Rising concerns over the proliferation of antisemitic conspiracy theories within the ANC’s Western Cape branch was the main subject addressed during a first-ever meeting between the SAJBD and newly-appointed ANC Secretary-General Ace Mogashule on Tuesday afternoon. The meeting, which took place at the ANC’s Luthuli House headquarters, was attended by the Board’s National Chairman Shaun Zagnoev, Vice-President Zev Krengel and National Director Wendy Kahn.

Water Crisis: Experts Focus on Solutions with Hamanth Kasan

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Water Crisis: Experts Focus on Solutions with Clive Lipchin (part II)

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Water Crisis: Experts Focus on Solutions with Clive Lipchin (part I)

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Water Crisis: Experts Focus on Solutions with Anthony Turton (part II)

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Water Crisis: Experts Focus on Solutions with Anthony Turton (part I)

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Water Crisis: Experts Focus on Solutions with Jeunesse Park

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SAJBD refers to further antisemitic comments from ANC Western Cape

The SA Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) and SAJBD (Cape Council) condemn in the strongest terms the reprehensible statements made by ANC MPL Sharon Davids and the attempts since made by ANC Provincial Secretary Faiez Jacobs to justify them. The SAJBD (Cape Council) received the following statement from the Western Cape ANC spokesperson, Yonele Diko on behalf of the Provincial Secretary Faiez Jacobs, in response to MPP Sharon Davids’ antisemitic remarks in the Western Cape legislature on 23 February 2018:


Seeking solutions to the country’s water crisis

The Western Cape is not the only province gripped by drought and running out of water. The rest of the country faces profound water stress too. The real problem is not a lack of ideas, technology or money, but rather one of outdated paradigms, political short-sightedness and policy uncertainty.

Charisse Zeifert

SA embassy downgrade hurtful to Jews, SA citizens

When the issue of a possible downgrade of the South African Embassy in Tel Aviv was first mooted, there was an understanding that research into the implications would be conducted. With this in mind, the SA Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) held a number of symposia. The findings were revealing. 

A letter to Ahed Tamimi

Dear Ahed

Firstly, let me tell you how sad I am that you are in prison. Prison is certainly not the place for children. If only you could be shopping with your friends, swimming in the pool or going to a movie.

Monessa Shapiro

Jerusalem backlash one-sided

ABDULLAH al-Tal, commander of the Jordanian assault on Jerusalem's Old Cityduring the 1948 Israeli War of Independence was, of course, proven wrong. After 19years of Jordanian occupation, Israeli forces recaptured the Old City, and Jews were able to return to the historic Jewish Quarter, rebuilding their ruined homes and synagogues and once more making pilgrimages to the holysites from which they had been barred for so long. 

The SAJBD clarifies case against Mngxitama hate speech

The SAJBD notes the confusion as to which equality court the Andile Mngxitama hate speech case should be heard in. The SAJBD lodged the complaint with the Johannesburg High Court, and they in turn, referred it to the Magistrate’s Court. The Magistrate’s Court have indicated that this was an incorrect referral. 

Milton Shain

LETTER: Veil off anti-Israel lobby

One must applaud Mzoxolo Mpolase for lifting the veil off the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement and its subversive actions (Israel boycott lobby has captured foreign policy of ANC and state, January 12).