SOUTH AFRICA –
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.