“The latest attack has resulted in scores of other Palestinian citizens reported injured, and the wanton destruction of property,” the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) said in a statement on Monday. “Given the indiscriminate and gravity of the latest Israeli attack, the South African government has taken a decision to recall Ambassador Sisa Ngombane with immediate effect until further notice.”
The ANC Government has also repeated its view that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) must withdraw from the Gaza border and “bring to an end the violent and destructive incursions into Palestinian territories.”
They also slammed the Israeli forces’ “routine actions,” which it says are an obstacle to peace. It stated that peace will “come in the form of two states, Israel and Palestine existing side-by-side and in peace.”
The ANC Government in SA said it is “disturbed by the latest deadly aggression and reiterates calls made by several members of the United Nations for an independent inquiry into the killings, with a view to holding to account those who are responsible.”
Israel has long been compared to South Africa during the Apartheid, in which black South Africans were afforded their own separate traditional homelands to develop their own independence from the 1950’s until the early 1990’s. A 2017 United Nations report accused Israel of establishing an apartheid regime that “oppresses and dominates the Palestinian people as a whole” in March. The report’s lead author resigned in protest after the report was removed from the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) website.
An international boycott of South Africa is said to have contributed towards pressuring the South African government. The organizers of the international Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) against Israel hopes its campaign could have a similar effect.