PRETORIA, South Africa – The South African Israel Public Affairs Committee
(SAIPAC) called on Sunday for the director of the South African Reserve bank to
be fired from his post because of his pro-Nazi opinions.
and articles last week Stephen Goodson expressed his admiration for the Nazi
regime, and claimed that the Holocaust was a “huge lie.”
Speaking at the
Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony held in Pretoria on Sunday, David Hersch,
head of SAIPAC, called on the South African Reserve Bank to release Goodson
immediately from his public position.
“Goodson should be fired
immediately or made to resign immediately. The Reserve Bank should be ashamed to
have someone like this on their board of directors and now that he has been
exposed, they should act immediately,” he said. Hersch emphasized that the
bank’s reaction to the issue, stating that Goodson’s mandate would end this
July, “is not good enough.”
Hersch also called upon the South African
government to issue a clear statement “condemning Goodson and distancing them
from him and his statements, opinions, his denial of the Holocaust and adherence
to anti-Semitic hate speech and complete falsehood.”
The South African
Mail and Guardian revealed last week that Goodson has written articles depicting
an “historical analysis of banking history,” according to which Jewish bankers
invented the Holocaust just to extract money from Germany. In an interview with
an extreme-right American radio station two years ago, Goodson refers also to
“ritual murder” executed, so he claimed, by Jews in the early
The South Africa Jewish Board of Deputies assured the Jewish
community on Monday that they are following up very closely on the issue, as
they systematically do on all anti-Semitic incidents.
executive-director of the board in Cape Town, stated that the community was
“shocked” over the “grossly anti-Semitic and racially inflammatory views”
propagated by Goodson, and that the community welcomed the fact that the Reserve
Bank has distanced itself from the opinions expressed by him. This adds to the
statement made by the Board’s chairman, Mary Kluk, last week, condemning
Goodson’s “hurtful and offensive” views.
Members of the Jewish community
emphasized that although they identify with the call to fire Goodson, they
understand that legally the Reserve Bank cannot do so, as he is serving as a
non-executive director, representing the Reserve Bank’s shareholders, and is not
employed by the bank.