Chief Rabbi in the trenches and on stage
ABOVE: A short video of Rabbi Warren Goldstein making his point in no uncertain terms at the April 7 march on the Union Buildings in Pretoria
In delivering his Pesach message, “Let our people go!” – Rabbi Goldstein drew the analogy of the saga of today’s South Africa to the exodus of our people from Egypt 3 329 years ago. But, insisted the Chief Rabbi, “with that freedom comes a voice”.
Once again Rabbi Goldstein was at the forefront of the marches for change in South Africa over the past week. Exactly a year ago the Chief Rabbi publicly told the ANC hierarchy that President Jacob Zuma had “lost the moral legitimacy to govern this country.”
He had been speaking in April 2016 after a meeting of interfaith bodies representing upwards of 80 per cent of South Africans – who had gathered to discuss between themselves, and then with four of the top-six ANC officials – the implications after the Nkandla decision in the Constitutional Court. Not mincing his words, Rabbi Goldstein told the ANC to ask Zuma to step down and, as he put it a year ago, “put the good of the country before anything else”.