South Africa: Jewish Israel advocate shot dead in broad daylight in Johannesburg
World Likud South Africa chairman, Sergio Kowensky, was shot dead in broad daylight outside his factory in Benrose, Johannesburg, this week.
Shortly after midday on Tuesday, 2 July, Kowensky arrived at his workplace, Serpini Air Conditioning at 103 Main Reef Road, Benrose.
Before he had time to realise that his life was in danger, he had been shot several times, and left for dead on the side of the road. The assailants did not take his car, his wallet, or his cellphone before fleeing.
It is not yet clear if the shooting was criminal or anti-Semitic in nature.
Kowensky spent his entire life dedicated to Zionist ideals, with an intense passion for the well-being of the State of Israel.
He was an outspoken supporter of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, and was not afraid to speak his mind on matters related to Israel. He represented Likud on the South African Zionist Federation management committee.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Kowensky grew up in the small town of Moisés Ville in the province of Santa Fe, which was founded by Eastern European and Russian Jews escaping persecution in 1889.
Kowensky is survived by his wife Alison, and their three children: Michal, 42, Doron, 40, and Joni, 32.
“My father breathed Zionism,” said Joni this week.