Minister of Justice Ronald Lamola has responded to the claims by the US that South Africa’s genocide case against Israel is “unfounded.” Lamola, leading the delegation at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), highlighted that the country’s arguments align with the Genocide Convention’s definition, as per EWN. The ICJ proceedings began in The Hague, focusing on South Africa’s request for provisional measures to halt Israel’s military operations in Gaza. Lamola stated, “We have shown the intent of the State of Israel through its soldiers, generals, authorities, statements, and actions targeting civilian infrastructure.” He asserted that this aligns with the genocide definition.
In Mpumalanga, President Cyril Ramaphosa, addressing the ongoing Middle East conflict, stated that South Africa is “duty-bound” to approach the ICJ. He was speaking at an ANC Women’s League event. He highlighted the country’s legal team’s efforts, expressing pride in Lamola and the representatives arguing the case in The Hague. Ramaphosa emphasised that South Africa’s commitment to justice is rooted in Nelson Mandela’s teachings, linking the country’s freedom to the freedom of Palestinians.
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