Statement by SA civil society & sports groups on boycott decision by Minister of Sport

Statement by SA civil society & sports groups on boycott decision by Minister of Sport

In support of South African Sport Minister’s boycott of Davis Cup Israel Tennis Match

31 January 2018

We, the undersigned, from a variety of South African organisations, faith groups, sports bodies and others, welcome and are greatly encouraged by the decision of South Africa’s Minister of Sport and Recreation, Hon. Thulas Nxesi, to boycott the forthcoming Davis Tennis Cup match wherein Israel is playing (

As our former President Nelson Mandela has said “our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinian people.”

Initial endorsements:

Centre for Tennis Development
Crescents Cricket Club
LCC Cricket Club
LSA Football Association
South African Students Congress
Benoni Spurs Football Club
Actonville Spurs Cricket Club
Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)
Council of African Independent Churches
South African Jews for a Free Palestine
Palestine Solidarity Alliance
Palestine Solidarity Campaign
National Coalition 4 Palestine
South African Communist Party
Wits University PSC
Media Review Network
Abu Asvat Institute
BDS South Africa

For more information contact Kwara Kekana on 074 054 3826. Also note that there will be a picket on Friday 02 February at 3pm outside the Irene Country Club in Pretoria (1 MI8, Doornkloof 391-Jr, Centurion) against the Davis Cup tennis match with Israel.

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