SA Jews seething over ANC volunteer's post

Cape Town - The ANC has distanced itself from a woman who posted a photo on her Facebook page that has left the Jewish community seething.

The woman, Rene Smit, says on her Facebook page that she manages social media for the ANC in the Western Cape’s.

At the weekend, Smit posted a picture of Adolf Hitler with the caption “yes, man you were right”.

Underneath Hitler’s photo are the words “I could have killed all the Jews but I left some of them to tell you why I was killing them. SHARE THIS PICTURE TO TELL THE WORLD THE WHOLE TRUTH”.

The post was screengrabbed and made headlines in Israeli publication, The Times of Israel. Smit has, however, removed the post and told the Times that she removed it “immediately once I became aware that it is inappropriate and offensive”.

The SA Jewish Board of Deputies has asked for a meeting with ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe over the incident, reported the Times.

Western Cape ANC spokesperson Cobus Grobler said Smit was not a party employee but helped during its election campaign as a volunteer.

The Jewish board said it is also considering taking ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte to court over her comments in which she likened Israel's attacks on Palestine to Nazism.

Smit has removed the Hitler post from her page but has continued pledging support for Palestine. At the weekend she also posted a photo stating that the same person who was contracted to build Israel’s separation wall, dubbed by many as an “apartheid wall”, funds the DA.  

Smit was responding to the latest Israeli offensive in Palestine that has left almost 200 people dead.
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