Several days after his show in Tel Aviv, DJ Black Coffee continues to face backlash and censure from his fellow South Africans. And on Tuesday, the African National Congress, South Africa’s ruling party, criticized the musician and reiterated its call for a cultural boycott of Israel.
“The cultural aspect of the boycott is critical in advancing the cause to ensure that we isolate what is clearly an apartheid government of Israel,” read the Tuesday statement, issued by Lindiwe Zulu, chairwoman of the International Relations Committee on behalf of ANC.
“It is therefore with deep concern that the African National Congress has learnt of the recent visit to Israel of Mr Nkosinathi Maphumulo, popularly known as Black Coffee, and we wish to open engagements on this issue broadly with the creative sector, with view of ensuring that South Africa continues to play a critical role in helping to resolve the crisis of the Palestinian occupation…The South African artistic community, having themselves experienced discrimination and oppression, must, therefore, continue to pledge solidarity with others who are oppressed.”
In response to the ANC statement, Black Coffee – and many of his fans – wondered why the government is allowed to do business with Israel but he isn’t.
“Why is it business as usual for all but the artists shouldn’t work,” the DJ wrote on Twitter. “I’m disgusted by Apartheid or any form of brutality towards any person but give me a voice too. Don’t decide for me while you continue your relations.”