ANC labels Black Coffee's Israel performance 'concerning'

04 April 2018 - 12:02 By Karishma Thakurdin
Black Coffee's performance in Israel is still raising eyebrows.
Black Coffee's performance in Israel is still raising eyebrows.
Image: Sowetan / Veli Nhlapo

After a raging debate around DJ Black Coffee's performance in Israel dominated social media for the past few days, the ANC has weighed in on the debacle expressing its disappointment. 

Black Coffee was lambasted by social media users after he shared a video of his performance in Tel Aviv in Israel, saying it was a "sold out" event and that he "loved" Tel Aviv. 

The tweet sparked widespread outrage amongst followers, who lambasted Black Coffee for turning a blind eye to the alleged oppressive law in Israel and to the killings of Palestinians. 

Chairperson of the ANC international relations committee Lindiwe Zulu issued a statement on Monday night, reaffirming the ruling party's call to boycott Israel. 

Zulu said that at the 54 National Conference the party decided to immediately downgrade the SA embassy in Israel to a liaison office. 

"We have been witnessing unacceptable violation of children's rights, human rights and international law by the Israeli government. Further, we have been witnessing increased Israeli racism against Africans.

"The cultural aspect of the boycott is critical in advancing the cause to ensure that we isolate what is clearly an apartheid government of Israel. It is therefore with deep concern that the African National Congress has learnt of the recent visit to Israel of Mr Nkosinathi Maphumulo, popularly known as Black Coffee," said Zulu. 

The statement went on to add that the ruling party would like to discuss the calls of a boycott with people from the cultural sector. 

In the wake of the debate that erupted around him, Black Coffee took to Twitter to defend himself. 

"Like everyone else I have rights and free will and no Black Coffee is not a political party...I work as an entertainer to feed my family. To sum it up....I'll take a bullet for my family," he said. 

Attempts by TshisaLIVE to get comment from DJ Black Coffee were unsuccessful at the time of publishing this article.