- The ANC has called on artists to join its cultural boycott of Israel
- The party's statement comes after popular DJ Black Coffee played in the capital Tel Aviv over the weekend
- The South African Jewish Board of Deputies and the South African Zionist Federation have questioned the ANC's sanctions of Israel
Social media has laid into record producer Nkosinathi Maphumulo, better known as Black Coffee, following his tweets about a sold-out performance in Israel on Friday.
The chairperson of the ANC's international relations committee, Lindiwe Zulu, said the party will engage with creative sector to ensure that South Africa plays a critical role in helping resolve the crisis of the occupation of Palestine.
"In solidarity with the people of Palestine, we will continue highlighting shortcomings wherever they rear their head with regard to the role of South Africans in undermining the cause of the emancipation of the people of Palestine.
"We await an opportunity to engage Black Coffee and the creative sector at large, with a view to finding each other on this and other matters, as a way of creating common cause between all South Africans in rallying behind Palestine," Zulu said in the statement.
The party resolved at its December conference to "immediately and unconditionally" downgrade the South African embassy in Israel to a liaison office, Briefly.co.za gathered.
The South African Jewish Board of Deputies and the South African Zionist Federation questioned the move, stating it was an attempt to demonise Israel, "while real human rights abuses, like those occurring in Libya, Myanmar and Syria, among others, are ignored".
In her statement on Tuesday, Zulu said artists should be aware of the role played by the international anti-apartheid solidarity movement.
"The peoples of Palestine are in a just cause for self-determination and we urge our artists not to form part of the normalisation of Israel's suppression of the Palestinian people in their quest for self-determination and statehood that mirrors our very own struggle.
"The South African artistic community, having themselves experienced discrimination and oppression, must therefore continue to pledge solidarity with others who are oppressed," Zulu said.
EFF deputy President Floyd Shivambu also criticised Black Coffee for travelling to Israel.
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