SAJBD takes legal action against Ehrenreich

Cosatu's Ehrenreich urged South Africans to take violent action against the Jewish community.

FILE: Tony Ehrenreich (right) posted a status urging South Africans to take violent action against the Jewish community. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) has taken legal action against the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu's) Tony Ehrenreich, accusing him of hate speech.

The board says Cosatu's Western Cape secretary is abusing his role as a public figure by making Facebook comments that could incite public violence.

Earlier this week, he posted a status urging South Africans to take violent action against members of the Jewish community every time a woman or and child is killed in Palestine.

The board has laid a complaint with the Human Rights Commission and is laying a criminal charge against Ehrenreich.

Board chairperson Mary Kluk says all members of the global community are hoping for a peaceful resolution in the region.

She says it is therefore unfair for Ehrenreich to be making brash statements against the South African Jewish community.

"This is a deep point of distress that a senior person in Cosatu thinks it's acceptable to make such vicious and violent threats on his fellow South Africans."