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South Africa to Cut Diplomatic Ties with ’Israel’
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The South African government is intending to cut diplomatic ties with the Zionist entity in protest of its treatment of the Palestinian people, the country's Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor announced Monday.

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Pandor informed parliamentarians of the government's resolution during a ten-hour joint debate on South African President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address [SONA] that he delivered last week.

"The majority party has agreed, that government must cut diplomatic ties with ‘Israel', given the absence of genuine initiatives by ‘Israel' to secure lasting ‘peace' and a viable two-‘state' solution that includes full freedom and democracy for the Palestinian people," she claimed.

The comments were made in response to opposition leader Kenneth Meshoe, who had argued that it was disappointing that national and provincial authorities in South Africa refused help from Zionist companies to address the country's current water crisis.

However, the proposal was applauded by parliamentarians and Pandor, who is expected to be appointed vice president in Ramaphosa's new Cabinet, was given a standing ovation as she left the podium.

The government's decision was further confirmed on the South African Parliament's official Twitter account.

South Africa has been a staunch ally of the Palestinian struggle and regularly spoken out against the atrocities committed by the Zionist apartheid government.

Last month, the South African representative to the UN told the Human Rights Council that "Israel" is the only side in the world that can be described as an apartheid entity, just days after the ruling African National Congress [ANC] party called for government ministers to strengthen the country's visa restrictions with the Zionist entity.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

21-02-2018 | 11:50


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