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Protests dominate Israel Davis Cup tennis match in Pretoria

This weekend’s Davis Cup tennis “tie-in” match between Israel and South Africa, at the Irene Country Club in Centurion on February 2 and 3, has been tense and heated – both on and off the court.

Anti-apartheid movements held protests outside the event in anger over what they say is Israeli racism and apartheid, similar to the sporting boycotts organized internationally against former apartheid South Africa.

South African Sports Minister Thusal Nxesi also boycotted the event.

The boycott was supported by the Centre for Tennis Development, Crescents Cricket Club, LCC Cricket Club, LSA Football Association, South African Students Congress, Benoni Spurs Football Club, Actonville Spurs Cricket Club, the Council of African Independent Churches, the SA Communist Party, and Wits University PSC.

 

 

This article first appeared on MEMO, and can be viewed here.

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