S. Africa Demands Explanation After Israel Deny Minister Entry Visa


South African President Zuma gestures during a news conference in Pretoria


















SOUTH AFRICA has demanded explanations from Israel over the decision to deny a visa to Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande.

The minister was scheduled to travel to the occupied Palestinian territories from April 25-29.

He was scheduled to secure further collaboration with the University of Johannesburg and institutions in Palestine.

The denial of the visa had caused a “serious diplomatic problem,” as the government of South Africa has expressed outrage after the decision by their Israeli counterparts, a government spokesperson said.

Deputy Director General of Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Clayson Monyela, said the Israeli government must give a reason for the snubbing.

“We are taking it up through the proper channels.

“We need to receive a proper explanation for the denial of a visa to a sitting cabinet minister,” Monyela said.

Meanwhile, Israeli ambassador in Pretoria, Arthur Lenk, has said that the decision to deny the visa was made in Israel.

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