Grant Arthur Gochin

South Africa, America, the ICJ and AGOA

(Courtesy of author)
(Courtesy of author)

The ANC government of South Africa (SA) did not condemn the terror attacks on Israel on October 7, 2023. Instead, on October 8, they seemingly blamed Israel for their own victimization, by appearing to claim that national invasion, rape, murder and child beheadings were a response to Israel’s “occupation” and that Israel somehow deserved what was perpetrated upon them. The entire National Executive Council of the ANC rallied the week after the October 7 Hamas massacre, universally draped in Palestinian keffiyeh’s and waving Palestinian flags. They therefore openly supported genocide, invasion, terrorism, rape and murder.

About a week later, the South African Minister of International Relations, Naledi Pandor, telephoned Ismael Haniyah, one of the leaders of Hamas, and while their discussion has not been made public, we know that she expressed solidarity with Hamas. Since converting to Islam, Pandor has become an Islamist, and South Africa’s foreign policy has become an Islamist agenda.

Shortly thereafter, Pandor visited Iran, where she met with the Iranian Foreign Minister and the Ayatollah Khamenei. The ANC then hosted a Hamas delegation in South Africa. South Africa is one of the few countries in the world to host an official representative of Hamas on its own territory.

It therefore becomes apparent that the case at the ICJ is a component of an Iranian propaganda proxy war against the west.

The ANC Government of South Africa is continuously aligning itself with pariah states like Russia, Iran and China. South Africa is acting as the legal arm of Hamas that has aligned with Iran, Russia and Hamas while shielding war criminals like Putin and Omar Bashir.

President Rhamaphosa also hosted General Dagalo of the Janjaweed, who is committing a genocide in Sudan.

Fikile Mbalula, who is Secretary General of the ANC, was later at a massive pro Hamas rally in Cape Town alongside Mandla Mandela, a member of ANC. Like Pandor, he also converted to radical Islam. Together, they said that Herzliya – the Jewish High School in Cape Town, is a breeding ground for IDF soldiers. Nobody from the ANC has refuted these official positions.

One of the heads of The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), a South African Marxist–Leninist and black nationalist political party – Nazier Paulsen also openly called Herziliya a breeding ground for the IDF, with threats of violence against Jewish schoolchildren. This also did not receive any condemnation from the Government of South Africa.

The EFF regularly and openly call for the slaughter of white Afrikaans speaking South Africans, so as to genocide an identifiable racial group of South Africans. The government of South Africa claims they are just “singing songs” and calling for genocide is not hate speech.

The South African government does not care about genocide or human rights. This was clearly illustrated by their blatant promotion of their Russian ally and negation of Ukrainian victimization, when SA held joint military drills with Russia, on the anniversary of Putin’s criminal invasion of Ukraine. SA abstained from UN resolutions standing up for Ukrainian human rights.

South Africa’s case at the ICJ is a perversion of the memory of actual genocides. This is additionally illustrated by South Africa’s own callous and despicable positions on the world’s worst human rights abusers.

The South African Government cannot and has not provided for the needs of its own citizens. The South African infrastructure has collapsed from neglect, corruption and incompetence. SA has the world’s highest unemployment rate. ANC government corruption is clearly endemic. The ANC is known for its protection of genocidal tyrants and fugitives from justice such as Sudanese Omar al-Bashir.

SA is also enabling the decades-long upholding of dictatorship in neighboring Zimbabwe by continuously threatening the diaspora Zimbabwe community with deportation and persecution.

South Africa is on the cusp of failed state status.

Their ICJ stunt is a transparent attempt to distract attention from its own massive failings and a clumsy attempt to claim a moral compass which it abandoned many years ago. ANC corruption and nepotism squandered South Africa’s advantages and reduced it to a moral and economic basket case.

In a climate where people are looking for someone to blame, SA’s Jewish minority is the apparent scapegoat. To deflect attention from their own failures and to generate accolades from Iran, Russia and other dictatorial and human rights abuser countries; attacking Israel in the international arena has worked according to plan for South Africa.

The ANC’s lack of concern for the wellbeing of the South African Jewish Community is indicative of their overall moral failings. The Jewish Community now faces unparalleled hostility and antisemitism from the Islamist oriented government. SA’s continual victim blaming of Israel has destroyed the last vestige of perceived integrity.

Antisemitism has become rampant in South Africa. Threats of violence are constant. In a clear statement that Apartheid in South Africa has been reinstated, Jews have been removed from sports positions. South African Jews are openly asking if they will have safety, security, or, if they should evacuate.

To compound the ANC’s moral bankruptcy, the Government has also announced they will litigate against USA and England at the ICJ, accusing both of “enabling genocide”. Really?

Now we can see that South Africa is not an ally of the United States and therefore should not receive favorable treatment by the United States. The Central African Republic, Gabon, Niger, The Islamic Republic of Mauritania, and Uganda have all previously been suspended, or terminated from AGOA. South Africa is a terror proxy of Iran. The United States cannot be allied to or enable Iranian terror and their proxies. The AGOA agreement with South Africa must be terminated.

About the Author
Grant Arthur Gochin currently serves as the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Togo. He is the Emeritus Special Envoy for Diaspora Affairs for the African Union, which represents the fifty-five African nations, and Emeritus Vice Dean of the Los Angeles Consular Corps, the second largest Consular Corps in the world. Gochin is actively involved in Jewish affairs, focusing on historical justice. He has spent the past twenty five years documenting and restoring signs of Jewish life in Lithuania. He has served as the Chair of the Maceva Project in Lithuania, which mapped / inventoried / documented / restored over fifty abandoned and neglected Jewish cemeteries. Gochin is the author of “Malice, Murder and Manipulation”, published in 2013. His book documents his family history of oppression in Lithuania. He is presently working on a project to expose the current Holocaust revisionism within the Lithuanian government. He is Chief of the Village of Babade in Togo, an honor granted for his philanthropic work. Professionally, Gochin is a Certified Financial Planner and practices as a Wealth Advisor in California, where he lives with his family. Personal site:
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