Jewish Board to charge Cosatu bigwig

Cape Town - Cosatu has thrown its support behind its Western Cape Secretary Tony Ehrenreich who has been accused of inciting violence against Jews in a Facebook post. The South African Jewish Board of Deputies has responded saying it will pursue charges. Video: eNCA
File image. Cosatu Western Cape secretary Tony Ehrenreich is to be criminally charged with incitement and taken to the Human Rights Commission by the SAJBD for comments he made on Facebook. Photo: Gallo Images/Foto24/Nasief Manie

CAPE TOWN – The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) has announced that it is laying charges against Tony Ehrenreich, provincial secretary of Cosatu’s Western Cape branch.

This comes after Ehrenreich posted his views on Facebook, calling for “an eye for an eye against Zionist aggression” in respect of the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

He accused the South African Jewish Board of Deputies of supporting the Israeli army in the killing of Gaza residents.

The board on Wednesday said it would lay a formal complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and vehemently denies the allegations. It would also lay charges of incitement with the police.

According to the announcement made by the SAJBD, Ehrenreich had accused the Jewish body of being "complicit in the murder of the people in Gaza" and called on the greater South African population to target it for revenge attacks whenever a woman or child in Gaza was killed.

"The time has come to say very clearly that if a woman or child is killed in Gaza, then the Jewish board of deputies, who are complicit, will feel the wrath of the People of SA with the age old biblical teaching of an eye for an eye. The time has come for the conflict to be waged everywhere the Zionist supporters fund and condone the war killing machine of Israel," Ehrenreich wrote.

SAJBD Chairman Mary Kluk said the post was “a flagrant violation of South African law prohibiting hate speech and incitement to cause harm".


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