SA pro-Palestinian lobby group to protest

Activists will take to the streets to protest against steel manufacturing giant Cape Gate.

A separation barrier under construction by the state of Israel created to keep Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza out of Israel. Picture: Wikimedia Commons.

JOHANNESBURG - A South African pro-Palestinian lobby group says it will protest the alleged mistreatment of workers by manufacturing company Cape Gate in Boipatong in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

It is also alleged the company is supplying construction materials for the building of Israel's separation wall which began construction in 2002. The wall is a separation barrier under construction by the state of Israel created to keep Palestinians in Israeli-occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza out of Israel. In 2004, the International Court of Justice declared that Israel's separation wall was in violation of international law.

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions South Africa (BDS-SA) will lead the protest which culminates in speeches at the Cape Gate head office in Vanderbijl Park.

Workers, environmentalists, activists and community members in the surrounding areas are expected to attend the march.

The group says previous employees were denied their pension surplus funds as well as shares promised to 800 employees dismissed 18 years ago.

BDS-SA's Muhammed Desai says "Cape Gate has been pushing workers from pillar to post for the last 18 years preventing workers from access to their surplus pension funds and other things that are due to them.

"In addition, Cape Gate has a relationship with the Israeli regime."

"Last year's _Mail & Guardian _exposé found links between Cape Gate funding and assisting the South Africa Israel Forum."

"We will also protest against the profiteering off the oppression of the Palestinian people."