South African minister defends Iran, says there will be no more SA-Israel ministerial visits

LAST UPDATED: 11/02/2013 04:55


South Africa’s Foreign Minister Nkoana-Mashabane compares map of “Palestine” to apartheid-era Bantustans.

South Africa's Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane

South Africa’s Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane   Photo: Reuters            

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A day after calling for an end to sanctions against Iran and saying that Tehran  respects human rights, South Africa’s Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane  said Friday that South African ministers are not visiting Israel out of  solidarity with the Palestinians.
“Ministers of South Africa do not visit  Israel currently. Even the Jewish Board of Deputies that we engage with here,  they know why our ministers are not going to Israel,” South Africa’s The Times quoted the minister as saying.
Nkoana-Mashabane was speaking at a meeting  of South Africa’s largest trade union, which was also addressed by a group  campaigning for the release of all Palestinian political prisoners, the Times reported.
“The struggle of the people of Palestine is our struggle,” she  said.
“The last time I saw a map of Palestine, I couldn’t sleep,”  Nkoana-Mashabane added, explaining that the map “is just dots, smaller than those  of the homelands, and that broke my heart.” The “homelands,” also called  Bantustans, were territories set aside for blacks in apartheid-era South  Africa.
Iran’s nuclear quest, however, did not bother the South African  foreign minister, who on Thursday praised Iran for its “respect” for human  rights.
“South Africa, like all other peace-loving democratic countries  that also respect human rights, like Iran, calls for lifting of unilateral  sanctions which would be encouraged by these talks that the honorable minister  had referred to,” she said during a press conference in Pretoria with Iran’s  visiting Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
“Conditions would be  peaceful coexistence, acceptance that all countries, signatories in particular  of the [nonproliferation treaty] have the right for peaceful usage of enriched  uranium for energy needs, for health, technology usage,” she continued,  according to a Voice of America report. During the visit, according to the  report, the two countries – which claim close ties – reaffirmed their “peaceful,  constructive and lasting relationship.”
Israeli diplomatic officials  downplayed Nkoana-Mashabane’s comments about no ministerial visits to Israel,  saying there has not been a ministerial visit from or to South Africa for  years.
“There is nothing new here,” the official said, adding that  Israeli-South African relations have been on a back burner for years, with only  a small amount of trade and tourism.
Regarding her Bantustan analogy, the  official said it was “unworthy of comment.”