A protest and picket against Israel by human rights and Palestine solidarity activists will take place on Friday afternoon at the Davis Cup tennis match with Israel.
The Davis Cup tie between South Africa and Israel starts at the Irene Country Club at 16:00. The first two singles matches will be played.
The picket has been organized by several unions, student groups and human rights organizations including the PSA, BDS South Africa, NC4P and SA Jews for a Free Palestine.
Last week South Africa’s Minister of Sport & Recreation Thulas Nxesi declared that he will be boycotting Friday’s tennis match over Israel’s participation.
Minister Nxesi’s decision has been welcomed by trade unions, members of South Africa’s Jewish community, as well as South African sport organizations and civil society groups.
Activists and members of the public have called on the Davis Cup to expel Israel over its human rights abuses in a similar way that Apartheid South Africa was expelled from the Davis Cup during the 1980s over its Apartheid policies. – Additional reporting ANA