SA Jews seething over ANC volunteer's post

2014-07-15 08:51

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.

  • stefan.strydom.902 - 2014-07-15 08:57

    I will stress it again: after fighting against apartheid for YEARS is this what the ZA Jewish community expected?? I do not think so...

      Dragonfly - 2014-07-15 09:58

      Chase, just like some blacks made money out of cheap labour! Oh, no, sorry. That happened THIS year with Thandi Modise (her workers left because she didn't pay them) and the minister of Rural Development, Gugile Nkwinti (who didn't pay his workers either and let them stay in a dilapidated shack). Everyone scores out of cheap labour (including the so-called "fight-for-the-poor party members). Case in point: Check out China, china...

  • Hendrick Viljoon - 2014-07-15 08:59

    that the same person who was contracted to build Israel’s separation wall, dubbed by many as an “apartheid wall”, funds the DA. Interesting!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Gareth Clarke - 2014-07-15 09:13

      That is one of the most pathetically weak attempts to draw a correlation to the DA that I have ever seen. What is "interesting" is how some morons actually take the bait.

      Dragonfly - 2014-07-15 09:23

      Gareth, just look at the profile and ITS comment should suddenly make sense...

      Hendrick Viljoon - 2014-07-15 09:43

      Made in SA Malema is a dictator and he doesn't hide it and if Mugabe is not funding the EFF he is playing a big role when it comes to its policies, Malema will never be into power not in this lifetime, @ Gareth what interests me doesn't have to interest you, if it is true I am sure most SA will like to know who the DA is associated with, you cant be funded by Zuma and say you are against corruption.

      Gareth Clarke - 2014-07-15 10:17

      Hendrick... Let me start by highlighting that this is a passing statement that was made by a person who clearly has no sense and extremely poor moral judgement. Even if it is true - it is still a completely tenuous link. So my brothers, friends, cousins, buddy once sold a car to a Russian guy… Does this mean I am a communist? You are right on one aspect - the silly things that interest you certainly won't interest me.

      BLUESILVER2012 - 2014-07-15 10:32


      Imagine Sense - 2014-07-15 12:10

      So is a building contractor not allowed to support a political party?? The fact that he is supposed to have built a wall that has a really stupid name has nothing to do with anything and it is as interesting as flyspecks on a window. The whole of SA has walls all over. Check out Nkandla, for example. What's wrong with walls is not the people that build them, but the perpetrators that want to get over them! But always the victims get blamed for trying to protect themselves. Explaining that phenomenon would be interesting.

  • KevinKing - 2014-07-15 08:59

    Uproar like with the Pikke salute which had nothing to do with Hitler? NO! Legal action? Probably not. Promotion? Well this conforms to the ANC's views about Israel so its possible.

  • Jenny Barnard - 2014-07-15 09:01

    She didn't realize it was inappropriate???????

      Geoff Liddiard - 2014-07-15 09:09

      Of course she didn't! She supports the ANC and didn't even realise that Hitler hated the blacks as much as the Jews as they are not Aryans.

      Darrion Dickens - 2014-07-15 09:11

      I'm with you Jenny, the ANC may be distancing themselves from her but her response is a typical ANC response and could very well have come from number 1 himself. Its usually either "I didn't know" or "it wasn't my fault".

      Darrion Dickens - 2014-07-15 09:16

      She probably did, but "I didn't know"; "I didn't realise" and "It wasn't me" are the standard ANC responses to these situations.

      Darrion Dickens - 2014-07-15 09:16

      She probably did, but "I didn't know"; "I didn't realise" and "It wasn't me" are the standard ANC responses to these situations.

  • Johnny B Goode - 2014-07-15 09:02

    "she removed it “immediately once I became aware that it is inappropriate and offensive”." As much as you would like to portray yourself as an ill-informed, idiotic leftist cow your actions speak for themselves and ofcourse you don't give a rats a$$.

  • Herman Fourie - 2014-07-15 09:05

    There is other means and ways to express yourself and the photo was inapropriated.

  • Dyecha - 2014-07-15 09:06

    Why are people always making sh*t leave things alone

  • Scooterza - 2014-07-15 09:07

    ...she removed it “immediately once I became aware that it is inappropriate and offensive”. Ahhhh, so you didn't realise that this might just slightly anger a few people until it was pointed out to you? Wow - you are just so intuitive.

  • Willem Proost - 2014-07-15 09:09

    80 million people died in world war 2 Only totally brainless idiots can find this acceptable

  • Calvin Purdy - 2014-07-15 09:09

    Can you believe the stupidity of this woman? Hang your head in shame you bloody idiot

  • Pierre Jonker - 2014-07-15 09:10

    Epic faceplant for the ANC

  • Valerie van der Nest - 2014-07-15 09:13

    No excuse for being stupid!!!!

  • Ben S - 2014-07-15 09:13

    As if S. Africans are in a position to condemn any other nation for anything whatsoever. We should just shut up and try to get our own house in order.

  • Herman Nieuwoudt - 2014-07-15 09:18

    I am not Jewish, but Rene Smit, your are sure a piece of crap to bring up the past like this. A pity you and your likes were not at Austwich Camp awaiting your turn for a gas shower. You think you are a real big deal, but in the eyes of many non Jewish people, you are nothing but a brainless idiot. Go and play with your real chommies like Juju, ZoomGupta and the likes.

  • Marc Anthony Webb - 2014-07-15 09:19

    Anothe wannabee Rene Smit trying to get on the gravy train...tsek sis!!!

  • jeremy thorpe - 2014-07-15 09:20

    Anybody who suggests Hitler was "right" about anything is a complete moron! Just to refresh the mrmory, Hitler was responsible for the deaths of something like 6 million Jews, Gypsies, gays and others who weren't "Aryan" enough. Many of them were women, children and elderly people. How would you feel if your children, mother, father, grandparents were rounded up, robbed of all their posessions, shoved into cattlecars, sent to Dachau and then shot or gassed? Ironically, if Hitler was alive today he would probably be a member of Al Qaeda or any of the other extremist movements who use Islam as a cover!

      Msdfadsfd Wertrerer - 2014-07-15 10:48

      unfortunately those who do not have enough of education on Islam and its principles, will denote anything evil to be in its relation (as encouraged by the media and brainwashed as 'terrorists'). Do not confuse injustice and evil with religion and race. Everyone is free-willed just as crime has no race, religion or gender. do not add to the hatred with your lack of education. every good person would not wish bad upon another - this is against every teaching in religion and humanity. by remembering the hardship that many Jews and others suffered due to his rule, shouldn't we as a nation and as humans look at what is currently going on?? how is it different from what he did to the Jews and what they are doing to Palestine?? Many are innocent women, children, elderly.... suffering!!!!! -Proudly Muslim and praying for people who are not educated enough regarding Islam. Salaam = Peace

  • Deborah Lambert Luyt - 2014-07-15 09:23

    It was said that Jews would face persecution over the ages, but they are God's chosen. They always triumph over evil.

      jeremy thorpe - 2014-07-15 10:01

      There is no God - and there are no "chosen." We're all just human beings with a limited life-span on this earth. And it would help a great deal if there were no warring religious movememts - and we all just tried to get along as human beings!

      Brolloks En Bittergal - 2014-07-15 10:24

      What a simplistic view of the Bible!

      Deborah Lambert Luyt - 2014-07-15 11:20

      Alright, so even if God and the Bible were left out of this, Jews have proved themselves,a strong, clever, triumphant nation of people in spite of persecution. I'm not Jewish.

  • Brolloks En Bittergal - 2014-07-15 09:23

    What she did is understandable but not excusable. Understandable because Anti-Israel sentiment is high as a result of their actions in Gaza. Not excusable because the holocaust was horrific and the caption is not only anti-Semitic it is actually filled with hatred.

      sam.e.scapes - 2014-07-15 10:47

      She should be careful. When a majority group singles out a minority group, history shows it almost always leads to violence. In SA with our history we should be especially aware of this.

  • Lynette Van Straten - 2014-07-15 09:27

    What a confused woman - her religious views on FB state "I believe in Jesus Christ! Im free from religion". Does she not know that Jesus was Jewish?

      Nicki Labuschagne - 2014-07-15 10:26

      I agree, she is very confused, in addition to being really stupid and offensive. Wonder if she knows yet what she is going to like/believe in tomorrow?

  • SunshinyDay - 2014-07-15 09:34

    She had to be told it was inappropriate and offensive? She didn't have the common sense to think for herself? Seems legit.

  • Faizul Abdool - 2014-07-15 09:35

    Goodman u cartoon character

  • Riaan Roux - 2014-07-15 09:37

    This woman is an idiot and so desperate for attention. Go and look at her FB page, she adds a pic of a "Bok Radio CD", all White Afrikaans artists and then calls the album racist!!!! So Xhosa, Zulu and Metro albums have all races on their covers. Pathetic, typical ANC tactics to get people to vote for them, while they are the biggest racists themselves. Oh, yes, go ISRAEL. How you can be expected to just sit back while your people are being attacked is just plain dumb.

  • Kathy Burger Hellyar - 2014-07-15 09:37

    Does Rene Smit know that Hitler felt exactly about black people as he did about Jews?

      Outa Kontext - 2014-07-15 11:28

      I dont think there is much Rene knows about. Its a good thing she joined the ANatsC, she must feel right at home.

  • HalleJechims - 2014-07-15 09:38

    The issue between the Palestinians and the Israeli's is not an issue between Islam and Judaism. It is not a relegious issue. Therefore, the Palestinians and the Israeli's must sort out their own problems. This means that Muslims generally and the rest of the world should maintain a neutral and supportive role in attempting to assist both parties in finding a solution to the problem. Words of hatred by other parties not directly involved in the issue only serve to aggravate the problem .....

  • Skye Floyd - 2014-07-15 09:41

    Dear News24 editors: Please enlighten me why a window pops up, advising me that my comments will be moderated as soon as i post. What did i do wrong to deserve this. Are you playing God? I would dearly like to know.

      HalleJechims - 2014-07-15 10:17

      This is also done to me, as a result of which i have to engage in very deep reflection. Freedom of speech and the sanctity of the press. What a load of bs practiced by the very people we look up to to defend freedom of speech ....

      Nicki Labuschagne - 2014-07-15 10:31

      It seems to be a standard window. I also see it when I post.

  • rowan.louw.5 - 2014-07-15 09:43

    It's great! I love to read articles where the rest of the world get involved with our's only then when they (the rest of the world) realize what is actually happening here...

  • Erna Westdyk - 2014-07-15 09:46

    Start by taking on Jessie Duarte - she seems to think she is free to say whatever she thinks. Why? Because she is part of the ruling party?

      Jabulani Samuel - 2014-07-15 10:57

      She has every right to a freedom of speech maybe equally to brett murray's freedom to insult wich was acknowledged by most in your section.

  • Arlene Prince - 2014-07-15 09:46

    This is not just a blatant insult to the Jewish community it is an insult to all South Africans, unlike you we don’t all walk around with blinkers on our eyes. The Israeli / Palestinian conflict is not just a one sided affair, Israel is defending their right to exist and protect their citizens, how dare you compare them to Hitler. Does it any ware in your mind register that Hamas has no right to on a daily bases terrorize the people of Israel, but I guess it’s okay because you feel Israeli‘s do not deserve better right? Well here is what I believe, Israeli’s, The Palestinian people & every single human being on this earth deserves the right to live in peace. You do not get to decide who is better or not worthy; your religion does not afford you the right to make that distinction. The loss of life is Palestine is truly sad and for that you can freely thank Hamas, who hide behind people instead of building an army and face who they perceive as the enemy on a battle field not hiding in people’s homes. You need to get over yourself and the next time you want to get involved in world politics Think before you speak or post for that matter.

  • Neville Prinsloo - 2014-07-15 09:49

    Stupidity personified!

  • drsparky - 2014-07-15 09:50

    I have no words.

  • Danie Kganana - 2014-07-15 09:51

    Ye it's the ANC''s fault. They should have done this long least the international media is aware that what the Israelis are doing. Oh lessens to wisdom of the past, Gaddafi is attacking his people and launching rockets at innocent protesters .It took what 5 days to kill him,and the big boys where around called NATO .this has been going for 100 years,and it's Palestinian fault .

  • Chris McComb - 2014-07-15 09:52

    What an idiot...

  • mandy.gibson.1401 - 2014-07-15 09:55

    Have you checked out this woman's Facebook page...she should be arrested for hate speech

  • Alice Liebenberg538 - 2014-07-15 09:57

    Your stupidity is beyond comprehension. You must surely be the biggest fool in this country.

  • Jason Varrie - 2014-07-15 09:58

    Typically ignorant ppl wouldn't expect any less

  • Jason Varrie - 2014-07-15 09:59

    I couldn't agree more Arlene

  • Aweh Mense - 2014-07-15 09:59

    Hahaha.... Tell it how it is....

  • Rory Preddy - 2014-07-15 10:01

    Animals. Showing your true faces.

  • Andrew Grieveson - 2014-07-15 10:11

    Mossad has got your number Rene ! They found Nazis deep in South America they won't have any trouble finding you !

  • Glen Wentworth - 2014-07-15 10:14

    Typical anc. saying things and trying to involve itself in things it has no idea about. clueless, mindless idiocracy.

  • Chris Hougaard - 2014-07-15 10:16

    People like Smit must be totally ignored. Instead,Isreal must do to Palestine what the Allies did to Dresden during the Second World War.

  • nashe.gede - 2014-07-15 10:17


  • Shawon Tiltman - 2014-07-15 10:18

    Israel we support the utter destruction of allwho oppose youn

  • Lynda Griffin - 2014-07-15 10:18

    Absolutely disgusting!!!! and I am NOT Jewish!!

  • Izak Labuschagne - 2014-07-15 10:19

    People that deny others the right to self defense are accomplices in the assault. Hamas are not interested in peace. All they want to do is fulfill the law to kill all infidels as set out repeatedly in the Koran. They lie and cheat to those ends and use their civilians as a shield because they are cowards. Israel has no option but to defend itself. It extended its hand in peace and as usual it is being slapped away. Go Israel. Defend yourself. Neutralise the threat. Only those who want you dead at all costs will continue to oppose that.

  • Carlo Troskie - 2014-07-15 10:19

    does this Smit woman actually know what she is talking about ?? obviously not.. shame on you !!

  • Selwyn Lloyd - 2014-07-15 10:21

    Well Rene, supporting a party like anc just goes to show your ............oh wait there aint any!!! An article from an international journalist that was is in Palestine to report what was going on at ground level had this to say,"MANY Palestinians are saying that they are AGAINST Hamas who control them, that Hamas bomb the very people that supply them with food and many other resources and even provide them with work. That Hamas fired a rocket into Israel and blew up a sub station that supplies power to 16000 people in West Bank!!!!!If David is going to repeatedly throw pebbles at Goliath then eventually Goliath will get peeved off and give David a fat klap! Hamas tells it's people to stay in there homes when Israel tells them to leave for their own safety!!?? The UN has made enough shelter available for the people to seek shelter!!! Hamas are the cowards and do not respect their women and also lie through their teeth as allowed by the Koran when they speak to the infidels??? The word of God has said that Israel will be protected, you are either for or against God, amazing how all the prophecies made some 2000yrs ago are spot on and have come to pass. Oh and by the way that West Bank was Jewish property before muslims/Palestinians were around. Just as your ANC are saying that the land belongs to those who were here before the Europeans, something I do not dispute.

  • Aweh Mense - 2014-07-15 10:22

    He looks more handsome everytime I look at him ....

      Yaseen Kotwal - 2014-07-15 11:29

      Unfortunately, people seem to lack knowledge on history. The Jews were persecuted and killed in large amounts, and seeked asylum and refuge in Palestine. The Palestinians welcomed them and protected them, and then this is how they are thanked? It is inhumane to behave the way they do, as they are inflicting the same amount of pain and misery that they had to endure. People may not like my statements, but it is true. I do not agree with the Hitler post, but I can understand where she was coming from. Zionism is worse than racism ten thousand fold. And let us not forget what our great leader Nelson Mandela once said: "Or freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians"

  • Riaan Roux - 2014-07-15 10:23

    Amazing, some people on here call Israel "terrorists", but when I name real terrorist organisations, like those guys from Kenya, Iran etc, then my post gets deleted....biast much?

  • Zubair Loonat - 2014-07-15 10:25

    On a side note...SA Jews and Muslims have always lived peacefully side by side without any issues. No matter what occured abroad and continues to, we have never seen it spill over here. SA Muslims, Jews, Christians all have glorious freedom of religion and we should all count ourselves proud to work and socialise together.