Fri. Apr 12th, 2024

The legal team representing South Africa’s case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague to address the genocide in Gaza received accolades for their compelling presentation on Thursday. Noteworthy lawyers, including Dr. Adila Hassim SC, Tembeka Ngcukaitobi SC, Prof John Dugard SC, Prof Max Du Plessis SC, Ms Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh KC, and Prof Vaughan Lowe KC, demonstrated a clear and evidence-based argument to protect lives and prevent further genocide.

Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) prior to the hearing of the genocide case against Israel, brought by South Africa. Picture: Remko De Waal/ANP via AFP
Advocate Adila Hassim at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) prior to the hearing of the genocide case against Israel, brought by South Africa. Picture: Remko De Waal/ANP via AFP
THE HAGUE – President Donoghue (M) attending the International Court of Justice (ICJ) prior to the hearing of the genocide case against Israel, brought by South Africa. According to the South Africans, Israel is currently committing genocidal acts against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Picture: Remko De Waal/ANP via AFP

The presentation garnered pride among South Africans, akin to the sentiment felt during the rugby World Cup win in October. The ICJ hearing showcased the strength of unity and determination to address critical issues. The commentator urged the country to move beyond artificial barriers, engage vigorously on pertinent matters, and ignore divisive narratives from political parties and influential individuals.

Kabalan Frangieh (C-L), Lebanon ambassador to South Africa, Hanan Jarrar (C-R), Palestinian ambassador to South Africa , Aysegul Kandas (3rd R), Turkish ambassador to South Africa and Ahmed El Fadly (3rd L), Egyptian ambassador to South Africa watch in Pretoria on January 11, 2024 the International Court of Justice (ICJ) hearing of the case against Israel brought by South Africa in The Hague. – Lawyers for Pretoria are presenting their case at the UN’s top court in The Hague, where South Africa lodged an urgent appeal to force Israel to “immediately suspend” its military operations in Gaza. Picture: Phill Magakoe/AFP

The potential geopolitical consequences post-ICJ were highlighted, emphasizing the need for international forums to work for the benefit of all rather than a privileged few. A negative outcome may prompt a reevaluation of the United Nations, urging reforms to counteract the influence of the Security Council’s permanent members.

THE HAGUE – Pro-Palestinian sympathizers take action during the hearing at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on a genocide complaint from South Africa over Israeli military action in the Gaza Strip. Picture: Koen van Weel/ANP via AFP

The article stressed the responsibility of open-minded individuals worldwide to prevent the perpetuation of crimes against humanity. It called for a rejection of apathy and a commitment to strive for peace and prosperity in the 21st century. The commentary encouraged self-empowerment and the celebration of the 30th anniversary of South Africa’s hard-won democracy. Professor Saths Cooper, a psychologist and former Robben Island prisoner, penned the article.

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