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EXPLAINER | Pandor upbeat ahead of ICJ ruling

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International Relations Minister Naledi Pandor says South Africa is hopeful ahead of the International Court of Justice’s (IJC) verdict.

The ICJ is expected to rule on the provisional measures requested by South Africa as it calls for Israel to halt its military operation in Gaza.

SA hauled Israel before the World Court on allegations of genocide against the people of Palestine.

Israel says this forms part of self-defense and it wants to dismantle Hamas.

Pandor says Pretoria will always stand with the people of Palestine, especially in Gaza who are constantly bombarded by Israel.

“We have always approached this case in a positive spirit, but our core purpose is really that it is vital to highlight the plight of the innocent in Palestine, the lack of peace and freedom over many decades.”

Pandor claims South Africa had succeeded in raising awareness of the plight of the Palestinians,  considering it a challenge for the ICJ to fulfill its mission.

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The International Court of Justice ruling will top the agenda at the African National Congress’s (ANC) three-day NEC meeting at the Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg on Friday.

ANC Spokesperson, Mahlengi Bhengu-Motsiri says that the party will be watching the proceedings closely.

Motsiri says, “We should expect a conversation pretty much where we focus on the first day on international issues and geopolitical issues. As you know there is this outcome by the International Court of Justice that is being communicated to the world. Charges preferred by a small developing nation called South Africa.”

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Additional reporting by Sibahle Motha.

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