The Congress of South African Trade Unions welcomes the announcement by Ladysmith Black Mambazo that they are not scheduled to play in Israel.
COSATU was concerned that the name of South African cultural workers would be manipulatively used in the propaganda campaign to normalise and legitimise the apartheid Israeli regime. The state of Israel is desperate to smokescreen itself as a free and democratic state. Nothing could be further from the truth. Israel uses artists, musicians and other cultural workers as part of a campaign to 'brand' Israel, a campaign launched by the government and promoted by institutions throughout the world in order to whitewash Israel's violations of human rights and international law and to project a false image of normality.