The African Christian Democratic Party commends Mr Nkosinathi Maphumulo, popularly known as DJ Black Coffee, for standing by his convictions and for exercising his constitutional right to freedom of movement.

We also want to encourage him to ignore the haters of Israel who are criticising him for visiting the democratic State of Israel. It is hypocritical for the haters of Israel to say they wish to “express their disappointment at the State of Israel's lack of commitment towards a peaceful resolution”.

The same haters of Israel who always condemn Israel, never condemn Hamas, the Palestinian Authority and other Arab States for refusing to accept Israel's right to exist within safe and secure borders. They never condemn Arab countries that sometimes threaten to wipe Israel from the face of the earth.

DJ Black Coffee has not betrayed anybody by performing in Israel, it is his right as a musician to perform anywhere he wants to. He has also not “undermined the cause of the emancipation of the people of Palestine” as said by Ms Lindiwe Zulu on behalf of the African National Congress.

The oldest and most accurate book about the history of the land of Israel is the Bible. It clearly proves that the Jews are the indigenous people of the land of Israel. So, the land of Israel was never taken from the Palestinians. Historical writings and archaeological findings confirm this. The truth is this: Israel does not have an apartheid government and there is no Palestinian occupation.

If DJ Black Coffee would ever want to visit Israel again, I will plan to go with him. I encourage those who have never been to Israel to go and see for themselves that there is no apartheid in Israel. Do not be deceived or intimidated by those who hate Israel and wish to rob you of your constitutionally entrenched rights to freedom of movement, trade and association.

5 April 2018