South Africa minister suspended over ‘friend of Israel’ comment | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


South Africa minister suspended over ‘friend of Israel’ comment

Health Minister Mpho Phalatse was suspended yesterday after declaring South Africa’s economic hub Johannesburg a “friend of Israel”.

Phalatse made the comments while speaking at the South African Friends of Israel Conference, an event sponsored by Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy.

According to a video of her speech, Phalatse said: “I would like to declare that I am a friend of Israel and the city of Johannesburg is a friend of Israel,” according to the New Arab. The Minister also told pro-Israel conference attendees: “we value you, we celebrate you, we appreciate you, feel at home.”

The city’s Mayor, Herman Mashaba, said he was “disappointed” by Phalatse’s comments, explaining “I was disappointed by the remarks, not as they relate to her personal beliefs [but rather] my disappointment stemmed from the attribution of those sentiments to the City of Johannesburg on a matter of such an emotional and sensitive nature.”

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