Yesterday, Bongani Masuku, whose infantile hate-filled speech has already been covered on this blog (here and here), addressed a kingergarten-style meeting at Wits University in Johannesburg. The meeting was authorised by Wits and hosted by Wits Palestine Solidarity Commitee, the Young Communist League and the Progressive Youth Alliance.
Reports I have heard summarise the general rhetoric of the meeting with this single quote: “Zionists, I don’t care whether you at Wits or Orange Grove, your life will be hell.”
Anthony Posner, who initiated the series of emails which revealed Bongani for the unrepentant ghoul of hate that he is (demanding that Jews who support Israel leave South Africa), was on hand at the Wits meeting and has sent us the following guest blog.
Remember, Cosatu is a member of the ruling ANC tripartite alliance. A vote for the ANC is a vote for Cosatu. They are also important backers of Jacob Zuma and expect to have more influence once he is presiding over the country.
TO VIVA OR NOT TO VIVA
By Anthony Posner
At the Wits South West Engineering Block, that was the question. Whether twas nobler to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous anti-Zionism. Or to get up and leave like I did in 2007 when Ronnie Kasrils labeled me "The Dictator"?
There are two schools of thought about viva-ing. The first is that it is a bit old hat, rather like a song from The 80's, that didn't really grab you. The second is that it has never gone out of fashion. An eternal classic. As a relative newcomer to SA, I unfortunately missed it all the first time around, so I was certainly not now going to let the opportunity pass, even if I did have major issues with some of the sentiments being expressed.
And of course, there was also "Amandla" which is another golden oldie. Who could resist it?
Bongani Masuku is a serious Cosatu revolutionary, zealously committed to the fall of Jerusalem. And although, Johannesburg is a long way off he is not deflected. Yes, Bongani is a man on a mission. A taller, thinner, darker version of Ronnie Kasrils, and without the Jewish avuncular demeanor. In the end I decided not to introduce myself even though we had only recently engaged in an email exchange of quite epic proportions. I had even invited Bongani to join a new poetry club, but alas... it never came to fruition. Instead I was informed that South African Jews who did not agree with Cosatu's solution to the conflict in The Middle East should be "forced" to leave the country. So much for my attempts at a "poetic" way forward!
So this is how it went in the graduate seminar room...
"Away with Israel" "Away with oppressive regimes" "Amandla etc" "Viva Wits PSC Viva" "Viva Cosatu Viva" "Free Free Palestine." "Amandla" "We are fighting our own struggle" "Apartheid Israel is apartheid South Africa." "Viva, Viva, Viva". "Zionism Down" "Palestine will be free."
And there was the usual other stuff. "You can leave this country. We will defeat the racists" "I don't care whether it is antisemitic" "Anyone who handles goods to or from Israel...Beware!" "Your life will be hell".
Well, quite a concoction of threats and more threats. But, SAUJS were not intimidated and did some fine heckling which included... "Should Helen Suzamn have been forced to leave?"
And I concluded the proceedings with some verbal dexterity of my own ... "Viva antisemitism Viva!"
After the meeting in the Wits sunlight, I bumped into four freindly guys from the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (I.R.I B) I am not sure what they were doing there but we got on really well and swopped emails. So all is not lost. I will contact President Ahmadinejad.
Update - Other quotes from Bongani at Wits
“Also in South Africa there are those Zionists who continue to refuse to assert that Apartheid in South Africa has gone and that we will do everything in South Africa to make their lives hell”
“You may do it in Israel, tolerate Zionism, tolerate racism and apartheid, in South Africa your life will be hell whether at Wits University or wherever”
“A few days ago, we received a communication from our comrades in Australia. They were saying, now the campaign must be scaled to a new level, the campaign on BDS, boycotts divestment and sanction against Israel. They say this is what they suggest, they suggest that we make it difficult for anyone whether it’s in the meeting or even in social life, anyone supports Israel must have his land as (unclear) as the Gaza people who are suffering”
‘COSATU is with you, we will do everything to make sure that whether it’s at Wits University, whether its at Orange Grove, anyone who does not support equality and dignity, who does not support the rights of other people must face the consequences even if it means that we will do something that may necessarily cause what is regarded as harm because certainly, there will be no tolerance for the fact that there are people, openly, here in South Africa, who think that (unclear – heckling from crowd) we will not accept that”
[Referring to International Solidarity Conference] “Our duty is to make sure that we heed them where it matters the most. The following things are going to apply: any South African family, I want to repeat so that it is clear for anyone, any South African family who sends its son or daughter to be part of the Israeli Defence Force must not blame us when something happens to them with immediate effect”.
“We can talk when it comes to talking, we can fight when it comes to fighting. No one must entertain the assumption that he possesses a monopoly over violence. So we don’t have to warn anyone, we are just talking now because we can talk, but when it comes to physical fighting no one must entertain the illusion, we have been there in the trenches in the fight against apartheid, and we can still do it. So don’t entertain the assumption that if someone has a different view let’s talk, but if someone wants to fight we will do that. COSATU has got members here even on this campus we can make sure that for that side it will be hell”
[To email writers from SA Jewish community] “Your emails, however many they can be, will not stop one thing, the mighty wave, the tsunami … no whether you have Mossads, whether you have CIA, whether FIB, whether you have MI6 whatever Gestapo you can come out with aside”
“We are saying, and I want to repeat (unclear), anyone who supports the racist apartheid murderous state (heckling from the crowd) is free to leave the shores of this country … this is not a country for racists, we have defeated racism in this country”
Previously at IAS
- Cosatu spokesperson calls on Jews to leave SA
- Just a jump to the left but a step to the right
- Cosatu, PSC march against Jewish community
- Cosatu supports Jewish boycott
- Cosatu and PSC burn Israeli flag near Jewish community centre - Photo Library
- A message for us from Cosatu
- Cosatu's hateful attempt to block ship with Israeli