Ehrenreich lays intimidation charge against Jewish board

Tony Ehrenreich claims he received death threats after he posted a controversial Facebook message last week.

FILE: Cosatu Western Cape Secretary Tony Ehrenreich claims he received death threats after he posted a controversial Facebook message last week. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) Western Cape Secretary Tony Ehrenreich has laid a charge of intimidation against the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) at the Cape Town Central Police Station.

Ehrenreich claims he has received death threats after he posted a message on Facebook last week calling for 'eye for an eye' retaliation against Israel.

The SAJBD's Mary Kluk says they have levelled a hate speech complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission in response to Ehrenreich's post.

"We are fine with the fact that Ehrenreich wants to lay a charge. I mean his conspiracy theories in the statement that I read are somewhat ridiculous but that's his prerogative."

'AN EYE FOR AN EYE'

Last week, the SAJBD said it was regrettable that a person of Ehrenreich's political standing would use a public platform like Facebook to make such controversial comments.

Kluk told Eyewitness News his actions go against South Africa's history of peaceful conflict resolution.

Ehrenreich said he would not stop the board from pressing charges against him if it feels his Facebook comments were offensive.

He said while the body is free to exercise its Constitutional right, he believes that charges brought against him are impractical as he did not intend to incite violence.

He said he only intended to get South Africans more involved in speaking out against Israel's attack on Gaza.

Ehrenreich maintained that the comments were made in his personal capacity.