Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Deputy Foreign Affairs Ministers comments spark outrage

By Cindy Witten
and Mishkah Anthony


Human rights activists are outraged, following an alleged statement made by Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Fatima Hajaig at an Lenasia rally in solidarity with Palestine last month.

It is reported that the alleged statement made, portrays the Jewish community in an unfavourable manner. According to reports, The South African Jewish Board of Deputies’ David Saks says he obtained a recording of the Deputy Ministers comments from a local radio station which broadcasted the event. The ACDP’s Reverend Kenneth Meshoe says that an apology is in order.

“Those who are calling on her to apologise are correct – she must apologise. If she carries on making such statements against and about other nations, she must be removed from her position,” said Reverend Meshoe.

The department of foreign affairs was unavailable for comment.

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