South Africa

Chief Rabbi Mirvis: 'Apartheid made me who I am'

By Moira Schneider, August 25, 2016

Sitting on a wicker chair overlooking the lush gardens around Mount Nelson Hotel - a stone's throw from his former school - Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis is looking thoughtful.


'Abuser' rabbi extradited

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 21, 2016

Rabbi Eliezer Berland was extradited to Israel - his home country - this week, where he will face charges of sexual assault, following a three-year saga in which he tried to evade justice.

Rabbi Berland, 78, the leader of the "Shuvu Banim" Brelav Chasidic sect, fled Israel in 2013 when police began investigating allegations that he had coerced women into performing sexual acts with him.


On-the-run rabbi faces extradition over sex charges

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 16, 2016

Rabbi Eliezer Berland, leader of one of the largest groups of Breslov Chassidim, is facing extradition from South Africa to Israel following a three-year odyssey in which he has evaded charges of sexual assault.


Female singing ban leads to legal action

By Simon Rocker, April 21, 2016

A long-running controversy over a ban on women singing at communal Jewish events in South Africa because of religious sensitivities has resulted in legal action.

Two orthodox Jews, along with the South African Centre for Religious Equality and Diversity (Sacred), have lodged a complaint of unfair discrimination against the South African Jewish Board of Deputies' Cape Council.


Hate attack on six men in South Africa

February 18, 2016

An attempt was made to run over six men as they were walking home from synagogue in a suburb of Johannesburg last month.

In the incident, which was reported last week, a vehicle with four occupants drove past the men, with the driver making offensive hand gestures and shouting "F---ing Jews".

A few minutes later, the vehicle returned and swerved lanes, threatening to knock the men over.


ANC's Bolivarian revolution has Jews firmly in its sights

By John R Bradley, September 10, 2015

A statement this week by a senior African National Congress official in South Africa that his governing party was reviewing the legality of dual citizenship, with the specific aim of preventing Jewish South Africans from "identifying with Israel", provoked a furious response from the country's Jewish leaders.


Norwood celebrates its royal double century of patronage

May 7, 2015

Two hundred years ago, Norwood's earliest incarnation, the Jews' Hospital, became the first Jewish charity to have a royal patron.


It’s not about money. That’s what the new Bank of England Deputy Bradley Fried says, in this exclusive

By Sandy Rashty, December 31, 2014

Bradley Fried, 49, could be described as the perfect antidote to the typically hard-nosed British financier.

The Cape Town-born investor — who signs off as “Brad” in e-mails ahead of our meeting — has a warm manner, infectious laugh and rarely wears a tie to work — not exactly what most people might expect of a man so embedded in our leading financial institution.


FW de Klerk warns Israel must find peace to avoid apartheid risk

By Marcus Dysch, September 16, 2014

Israel and the Palestinians should use the example of South Africa’s reconciliation to achieve a lasting peace, according to FW de Klerk.

The former South African president said that he did not believe Israel was an apartheid state, but warned that it ran the risk of becoming one if it squandered the opportunity to reach a peace deal as soon as possible.


South Africa: a nation on edge

By Moira Schneider, August 14, 2014

South Africa's Jews are under severe pressure - and not just because they live in an aggressively anti-Zionist country. They are also being buffeted by a powerful internal debate over how to relate to Israel over its war with Hamas.