The South African Jewish Board of Deputies lodged a complaint with the country's Human Rights Commission over ''inflammatory remarks'' made by Deputy Foreign Minister Marius Fransman.
Nearly 2,000 people rallied in support of Israel in two South African cities.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu responded to the outrage of a Jewish journalist in Cape Town over Israel's policy toward African immigrants.
The screening of a film comparing Israel to South Africa's apartheid regime was cancelled in Cape Town.
While urban hubs Cape Town and Johannesburg are home to thriving Jewish communities, with members whose personal convictions helped shape post-apartheid South Africa, the allure for many who make the long journey from the United States is the rare opportunity to experience wildlife in its most authentic setting.