Tag: Israel

Mashaba does not run Johannesburg alone

The ACDP notes with regret the proposed suspension of the City of Johannesburg MMC for health for her comments on Israel.

The ACDP respects the right of the DA to discipline a member for violation of their own policy. However, the ACDP wishes to remind Mayor Mashaba that Johannesburg City policy is not DA policy. The coalition partners have never discussed the city position on Israel much less agreed on the Mayor’s position. Until such time as all parties have discussed and agreed on a position there is no City Policy towards Israel.

The ACDP also wishes to remind Mayor Mashaba that an MMC cannot be suspended by him alone but must have the support of council. The ACDP will not support this suspension.

The ACDP points out that the DA is bound to discuss issues with its coalition partners before making announcements in council.


ISSUED BY: JO-ANNE DOWNS, NATIONAL CHAIRPERSON
12 June 2018

Recall of Israeli Ambassador will deny South Africa chance to play meaningful mediation role in Middle East

The ACDP is shocked at the short-sighted decision by the ANC to recall the South African ambassador to Israel.

The ACDP is saddened by the loss of life yesterday and we convey our sincere condolences to the families that lost their loved ones, particularly children.

Israel has the right to defend its borders and its citizens. This right has been recognised by the South African government. Israel faced a real and imminent danger with the incitement by Hamas of its own population to storm the border fence and attack Israeli citizens. No country would permit this.

The ACDP questions why the ANC is quick to condemn Israel for their actions yesterday, but quiet regarding the fact that Hamas uses women and children as human shields. Why are they quiet when Hamas mobilises women and children to go into areas of conflict, knowing that some might be hurt or even killed?

While the ACDP supports the right to peaceful protest, we do not support the carrying of dangerous weapons, including petrol bombs, during a protest, as Hamas reportedly did.

The recall of the South African Ambassador will deny South Africa the chance of playing any meaningful mediation role in the Middle East. The decision also smacks of double standards, given that the South African government did not take similar steps when tens of thousands of lives were lost in other Middle Eastern countries, such as Syria.

The ACDP calls on all South Africans and believers in particular to reject this decision, and to work and pray for peace in the the Middle East and Jerusalem. We remain committed to stand with Israel and oppose all forms of anti-Semitism.


ISSUED BY: REV KENNETH MESHOE MP
15 May 2018

ACDP congratulates State of Israel for achieving 70th birthday

On behalf of the African Christian Democratic Party, I wish to congratulate the State of Israel for achieving their 70th birthday with great success in spite of enemies who have continued to vow to annihilate them. This great achievement is a classic proof that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is well able to keep and protect His people.

The ACDP wishes to thank the democratic State of Israel for making the world a better place.

The exceptional creativity, innovations, and ingenuity of Israelis have been acknowledged by industry and world leaders time and time again. Israel is in the top 15 countries with the most number of Nobel Prize laureates per capita, a remarkable feat for such a small nation.

The compassion and love for life by Israelis is unparalleled in the Middle East. Israeli doctors treat and save the lives of Arabs from Palestinian Territories and Arab States in the Middle East on a daily basis. They do so because they have chosen to love even those who want to permanently remove them from the land that God gave to them as an inheritance forever.

Since its modern establishment in 1948, Israel has created a State with a vibrant economy that exports high tech innovations, vegetables, fruits, flowers, water and so much more to its neighbours and the world. Israel has caused the desert to bloom and serves as an example that nothing is impossible to them that believe.

We salute you, the people of Israel, for all your great achievements against all odds. Thank you for all that you have given the world. Thank you for showing us all that it is possible to love one’s enemies and to do good to those who hate you. May God continue to watch over you and protect you.

HAPPY 70th BIRTHDAY!


ISSUED BY: REV KENNETH MESHOE MP
19 April 2018

Well done to DJ Black Coffee for visiting Israel

The African Christian Democratic Party commends Mr Nkosinathi Maphumulo, popularly known as DJ Black Coffee, for standing by his convictions and for exercising his constitutional right to freedom of movement.

We also want to encourage him to ignore the haters of Israel who are criticising him for visiting the democratic State of Israel. It is hypocritical for the haters of Israel to say they wish to “express their disappointment at the State of Israel’s lack of commitment towards a peaceful resolution”.

The same haters of Israel who always condemn Israel, never condemn Hamas, the Palestinian Authority and other Arab States for refusing to accept Israel’s right to exist within safe and secure borders. They never condemn Arab countries that sometimes threaten to wipe Israel from the face of the earth.

DJ Black Coffee has not betrayed anybody by performing in Israel, it is his right as a musician to perform anywhere he wants to. He has also not “undermined the cause of the emancipation of the people of Palestine” as said by Ms Lindiwe Zulu on behalf of the African National Congress.

The oldest and most accurate book about the history of the land of Israel is the Bible. It clearly proves that the Jews are the indigenous people of the land of Israel. So, the land of Israel was never taken from the Palestinians. Historical writings and archaeological findings confirm this. The truth is this: Israel does not have an apartheid government and there is no Palestinian occupation.

If DJ Black Coffee would ever want to visit Israel again, I will plan to go with him. I encourage those who have never been to Israel to go and see for themselves that there is no apartheid in Israel. Do not be deceived or intimidated by those who hate Israel and wish to rob you of your constitutionally entrenched rights to freedom of movement, trade and association.


ISSUED BY: REV KENNETH MESHOE MP
5 April 2018

Ramaphosa must urgently root out corruption starting with his cabinet

Madam Speaker, Honourable President Cyril Ramaphosa, and honourable members.

The excitement, hope and great expectation that filled this House on Friday night during the State of the Nation Address, reminded me of the days when the late former President, Nelson Mandela, was with us in the House. Thank you Mr President for giving hope to the people of South Africa.

Speaker, after making a befitting tribute to Madiba, the President made a commitment to ethical behaviour and ethical leadership. The absence of these two critical essentials in the previous administration, are among the foundational causes of the Capturing of the State of our country.

Even though it was encouraging to hear the President promise that the tide of corruption in our public institutions will be turned, I wondered whether he will have sufficient support to succeed because corruption has now become ‘a culture’ in some of our departments and institutions. It has become so endemic, that trustworthy officials and police officers have become fewer and fewer by the day.

The ACDP calls on President Ramaphosa to show his intention to urgently root out corruption by starting with his cabinet. On Wednesday, we want to see a new Minister of Finance give the Budget Speech. We want to see captured ministers and deputy ministers who are entangled in a web of corruption investigated as soon as possible. Justice must be seen to be done, and done without fear or favour.

Speaker, the President also promised to address concerns about political instability, and to ensure that there was policy certainty and consistency.

This, we believe, is crucial to ensure economic growth. While the ACDP believes that government must have a just and fair land redistribution programme, we are convinced that the expropriation of land without compensation will create policy uncertainty, and will potentially hinder the expected flow of new investors into our country. Besides the fact that we believe it is unjust to take a legally registered property from someone without compensation, we believe that this will dampen hopes for a peaceful and united future.

The unemployment rate in our country remains unacceptably high; South Africans, particularly South Africa’s youth, deserve better. Our country is blessed with many natural resources and our people are resourceful.

The fact is that government ignored warnings a few years ago when there were signs that we would run out of water in Cape Town is totally unacceptable.

But, what is even more devastating is to hear that both National and Western Cape Provincial governments refused help from internationally acclaimed Israeli water technicians to prevent water shortages.

I know that movements such as the BDS and other anti-Israel organisations are urging government to boycott Israel because of the apartheid lie. Surely it is irresponsible for government to refuse help from experts that would benefit all people, particularly the poor and the vulnerable because of narrow political agendas.

I therefore want to appeal to you Mr President not to be influenced by people who hate Israel more than they love our people. The politics of hatred will not help our country. Hatred does not build; it destroys. Hatred does not unite; it divides and hinders progress and prosperity. Political agendas of every kind have brought anxiety and much suffering in many parts of the world, including in this beautiful city of Cape Town. The ACDP calls on government to be humble and ask for help from people with a proven track record – people who  live in a desert and yet have no water shortages.

Mr President, we welcome your commitment to reinforce ethical behaviour and ethical leadership. We urge you to pursue truth, righteousness and justice for all, irrespective of race, socio-economic status or party affiliation. As you do, the ACDP, together with millions of South Africans, will also say “send me!” With the Almighty God at our helm, we will work together towards creating a beautiful and prosperous South Africa for all!

I thank you.


SPEECH BY: REV KENNETH MESHOE MP
Reply to 2018 State of the Nation Address
19 February 2018