International Relations Minister, Naledi Pandor, says the countries of the world must closely consider what action will be taken against Israel if it fails to heed the International Court of Justice’s ruling, ordering Tel Aviv to prevent acts of genocide in the Gaza Strip.
On Friday, the UN top court found plausible evidence to suggest that Israel’s action in the war-torn Palestinian territory could amount to genocide.
In December, South Africa hauled Israel to the ICJ following months of conflict in Gaza.
Over 26 000 people have lost their lives following Israel’s retaliation to Hamas’s October 7th attack.
Pandor says Israel’s failure to uphold the ruling could prove damaging to the international rule of law.
The International Relations Minister says she’s unfazed by threats of losing trade partners.
On Friday, El Al Israel Airlines announced its plan to suspend flights to South Africa from March, citing a steep drop in demand amid the war in the region and after South Africa accused Israel of genocide at the World Court.
Despite fractures in Israel- South Africa relations, Pandor assured citizens that South Africa would find new trade partners – if needed.
She says, right now, a lot of noise is being made.
Written by: Naomi Kobbie