South African President Thabo Mbeki said the country’s Jews will always have a home in South Africa. Mbeki’s comments, made Saturday, come on the heels of a report in U.S. newspapers that said 60 percent of South African Jews do not see a future for themselves in the country due, in part, to increased anti-Semitism. Mbeki responded to the report at a conference in Johannesburg of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies. “We, as government, are prepared to spend as much time as need be talking to the Jewish community about that unease and about other concerns they have regarding their future here,” Mbeki said.
September 8, 2003