South African Friends of Israel (SAFI) strongly supports the unbreakable religious and spiritual connection between South African Christians and the Holy Land of Israel, and condemn those who are trying to break that bond. We fully support the right of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng to express his Christian convictions and support for peace in the Holy Land. We denounce those who are mischievously misinterpreting his message towards their hateful agenda.

The Chief Justice said that South Africa could play a positive role in bringing about peace and that we as South Africans “are denying ourselves a wonderful opportunity of being a game-changer in the Israeli-Palestinian situation”. He went on to say that “the people of South Africa, is an asset we must use around the world to bring peace when there is no peace and to mediate effectively based on rich experience.”

Attacking the Chief Justice for expressing his Christian views is a direct attack on freedom of religion and expression in this country. SAFI objects to this fundamental right being undermined.

The ANC is portrayed as a broad church of differing views. Yet, following its personal attack on the Chief Justice it would seem that it is being hijacked by those with their own foreign policy agenda, such as the BDS movement, who deny Jews and Christians their Biblical connections to Israel. We furthermore see this as an attempt to undermine the independence of the Judiciary according to the South African Constitution.

As Christian South Africans we will not be silenced. We will not tolerate the undermining of our democracy by those with a narrow agenda. We will not have our connection to Israel undermined. We are united in our support of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and applaud his convictions to speak out as a Christian believer.

Hands off the Chief Justice. Hands off the Constitution. The ANC must leave Christian believers alone.