On Sunday, president Jacob Zuma urged South Africans not to visit the Zionist entity unless it’s related to fostering peace in the region. He also called Washington to return Guantanamo Bay to Cuba and lift sanctions against the country.
Zuma was addressing thousands of supporters during the 105th birth anniversary of his ruling African National Congress (ANC) in the capital Johannesburg.
Zuma said: “The people of Palestine continue to suffer in their rightful quest for self determination. ANC pledges its continued solidarity and support for the just cause of the Palestinian people. We firmly discourage travel to Israel for causes not related to fostering peace.”
South African students, business people and officials who previously visited Israel have been criticized for their actions.
In August 2014, addressing a large pro-Palestinian rally at South African parliament, former Archbishop of the country, Desmond Tutu declared: Liberation of Palestine will liberate Israel too.
Nelson Mandela had personally thanked late Cuban president Fidel Castro, and Iran’s Spiritual Leader Ayatullah Ali Khamenei (watch a video below) for their support for South African nation against the European White Apartheid regime.
President Jacob Zumba heading a 180-member politico-economic delegation visited Iran in April 2016. Iranian president Hassan Rouhani is expected to visit South Africa later this year.
In September 2016, president Jacob Zuma, said in his speech to the UN General Assembly that the lack of progress vis-a-vis the Israeli-Palestinian conflict causes us deep concern. Zuma believes it is time for the UN to finish its historic role and help solve the conflict, which he sees as one of the continuing problems of decolonization and occupation.
United Nations has 56 African member-states of which 15 don’t recognize Israel.