Chief Zwelivelile Mandla Mandela, ruling party ANC lawmaker and grandson of Nelson Mandela has called for the expulsion of Israeli ambassador Arthur Lenk from South Africa and to recall S.A. ambassador Sisa Ngombane from Tel Aviv and cutoff diplomatic and other relations with the Zionist entity.
Young Mandela was addressing protesters at a mass Al-Aqsa rally in Cape Town last week.
“History calls upon us to take similar measures to those taken by freedom, justice and peace loving communities that supported the global anti-apartheid movement against the brutal and illegitimate South African regime,” he said.
In response to Mandla Mandela call, parliamentarians from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) have turned down a request to meet an Israeli Knesset (parliament) delegation due to visit late this month.
“There was a planned visit by an Israeli Knesset delegation, but ANC MPs rejected it,” ANC’s parliamentary caucus spokeswoman Nonceba Mhlauli said.
Mandla also praised the decision made by South African parliament members to turn down an Israeli delegation’s request to visit the country.
“Parliament has stayed true to Nelson Mandela’s commitment to stand by the Palestinian cause until Palestine is free,” he said in a statement.
Zwelinzima Vavi, secretary general of South African Trade Union has also called for the expulsion of Israeli ambassador.
“This government of ours must, not tomorrow but today, buy a ticket for the ambassador of Israel, take him to the airport and send him back home. They should send a ticket to our ambassador in Tel Aviv and bring him back with his entire family, never to go back to that racist country. We want government to cut all diplomatic ties with that Israel government,” Vavi said during a speech at a BDS protest rally in Pretoria.
Most South Africans especially members of the ANC resistance against the White rule have historically supported the Palestinians due to similarities between the Israeli occupation and South Africa’s apartheid era.
South African Nobel peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu who had visited Israel in 2002 – addressing a rally in Cape Town in 2014, said: Liberation of Palestine will liberate Israel too.
Tehran since 1979 Islamic Revolution, supported South African struggle against the White-rule. Nelson Mandela visited Tehran in 1992 after his release from Robben Island prison and then again as president of South Africa to thank Iranian people for their support. During a meeting with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatullah Ali Khamenei, he called him MY LEADER (watch video below).
Muslims though make less than 2% South Africa’s 56 million population, have played a significant role in the downfall of the White apartheid rule in South Africa. Some of the Muslims who fought along with Nelson Mandela include professor Fatima Meer, Nelson Mandela’s family friend Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada and the youngest prisoner on Robben Island Achmad Cassiem.
In February last year, Mandla, 42, converted to Islam in order to marry Rabia Clarke, 23, born to a mix racial parents. The couple had their first baby in May 2017. Mandla is married-divorced three times before.