International Relations Minister, Dr Naledi Pandor, says she’s had to beef up her security following South Africa’s genocide case against Israel.
Speaking on the sidelines of the State Of The Nation Address in Cape Town on Thursday, the minister told journalists that her and her family have been receiving threatening messages.
Pandor says she will not be intimidated by Israeli agents and she has spoken to Police Minister, Bheki Cele.
“What I’m more concerned about is my family because in some of the social media messages, my children are mentioned.”
The Minister maintains that this is par for the cause.
“The Israeli agents, the intelligence services, this is how they behave and they seek to intimidate you, so we must not be intimidated, there is a cause that is underway.”
Pandor says Pretoria will not back down now and one thing they will not allow is the failure of courage.
She added that South Africans understand why the government has taken up this moral cause.
In January, the International Court of Justice ruled in favour of South Africa in the first part of its genocide case against Israel.
The UN Top court found that there is prima facie evidence of a genocide unfolding in Gaza.
The date for part two of the case is yet to be announced.
Close to 28 000 people have since lost their lives in Israel’s retaliation to Hamas’ October 7 attack.
Written by: Lindiwe Mpanza