COSATU welcomes the downgrade of SA Embassy in Tel Aviv
9 April 2019
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) welcomes the decision by the South African Government to implement the decision to downgrade the South African Embassy in Israel to the level of a liaison office.
This decision was taken by the ruling party the ANC sixteen (16) months ago and was long overdue for finalisation. We commend and applaud the Minister in the Department of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu for boldly carrying this through. The completion of the implementation of step one of the processes of a downgrade couldn’t have been announced at a more perfect time than the Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW).
We believe the downgrade will send the message to the rest of the world that Apartheid was not good for South Africa and it is not good for Palestine. This action has the potential to galvanise support in advancing peace in the Middle East.
South Africa is the most qualified country if not the only in the world that knows every aspect of what apartheid. We have experienced it and we still feel its effects to date. South African government should not be shy or apologetic about implementing this decision.