The Jewish presence in Swaziland dates back to the Second World War when Holocaust survivors who were turned away by South Africa came to settle in the country. Kalman Goldblatt, who arrived from Lithuania around this time, was heavily involved in the economic development of the country, and even helped establish the first townships in the country.
The Jewish community in Swaziland has experienced very little anti-Semitism and is active in the country’s business and legal communities. Many of the Jewish immigrants of the post-war era intermarried with the indigenous population and, as a result, many Swazis today have Jewish surnames – including a former Cabinet minister. Natan Gamedze, a member of the royal line and grandson of the King of Swaziland, converted to Judaism in 1991 and is currently an Orthodox rabbi. More recently, Jewish citizen Stanley Sapire served as the Chief Justice of the Swazi Court of Appeal.