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Israel back in the dock at the ICJ

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Malki yesterday told the UN's top court that his people are suffering ‘colonialism and apartheid’ under the Israeli occupation, as judges weigh the legal consequences of the Israeli occupation.

SA regroups after historic ICJ verdict

President Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday confirmed that SA will approach the UN Security Council to intervene in Gaza, as fighting in the region continues despite the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling.

UN addresses ICJ’s historic ruling

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged all parties to abide by the judgment of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on provisional measures in the conflict in Gaza.

Declassified documents shed light on Israel’s ICJ case

International Relations & Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor is heading the SA delegation at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to hear today’s court’s decision on whether it will order Israel to take provisional measures such as a ceasefire to halt the killing in Gaza.

ICJ’s Israel/Gaza ruling expected ‘soon’

While no date has been set for the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to issue an order arising from SA’s genocide charge against Israel in Gaza, Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi SC said he expects it will be made relatively soon as blood continues to spill in the Middle East.

All eyes on SA at The Hague today

President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed confidence in the country’s legal team ahead of today’s court battle against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Growing support for SA’s ICJ case

Israel's President Isaac Herzog yesterday labelled SA’s case of genocide against his country as ‘atrocious and preposterous’, but there is growing international support for the case.

Stage set for 'genocidal' case against Israel

The stage has been set at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague to hear SA's contentious claim that Israel's war against Hamas in Gaza is ‘genocidal’ in character.

SA warns of UN intervention in Gupta extradition

The Ministry of Justice & Correctional Services yesterday said a request by the UAE to resubmit an extradition application for the Gupta brothers is stalling the process to bring the siblings back to SA.

US welcomes finalisation of Lady R saga

The US Government appears eager to move on from the diplomatic fiasco caused by the Lady R accusations, saying yesterday that it appreciates the seriousness of the SA Government in investigating the claims.

Putin’s absence from SA may be temporary

While the wave of relief that washed over the country after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that Russia’s Vladimir Putin will no longer attend the Brics summit in person was palpable, the euphoria around Ramaphosa’s statement may be premature.

SA off the hook as Russia blinks first

A major diplomatic crisis – which saw SA firmly in the crosshairs of the international community – appears to have been averted with yesterday’s confirmation that Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the Brics summit next month.

SA embarks on Putin damage-control exercise

Cabinet will today consider a recommendation to move the annual Brics summit to China, following a legal opinion by a technical team appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa to look into the legal implications of hosting Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.

Lady R fiasco shows incompetence or cover-up

Despite the high-profile reporting on the Lady R docking at Simon’s Town Naval Base and – in the dead of night – cargo being loaded on and off, President Cyril Ramaphosa would have us believe that he has no idea what was loaded – so much so that he has asked a retired judge to investigate.


South African Nationals are looking at acquiring a second citizenship and passport for their families and themselves in record numbers. A second citizenship and passport can be for immediate use or as a “plan B”.

SA again abstains from UN resolution

SA has abstained from a UN General Assembly resolution condemning Russia for its holding of referendums in four occupied Ukrainian provinces last month before annexing them to Russia.

Dutch fugitive fails to persuade SCA on extradition

War crime fugitive Guus Kouwenhoven is a step closer to extradition as his latest legal attempts to try to prevent this have failed.

Dutch war criminal's extradition hearing heats up SCA

Heated discussions about action taken against Dutch war criminal Guus Kouwenhoven in SA developed during a SCA hearing on Friday.

International law no help to Zuma

If the Constitution was complied with when the Constitutional Court sentenced former President Jacob Zuma to a 15-month jail term after finding him guilty of contempt, it is impossible to conclude that international law was violated.

SA had duty to arrest al-Bashir - ICC finding

SA was under a duty under the Rome Statute to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir when he was in the country in 2015 at the AU summit‚ the International Criminal Court (ICC) ruled yesterday. By not arresting him‚ it failed in its duty to comply with the court’s request for his surrender. This prevented the court from exercising its functions and powers‚ the ICC said in its finding, according to a BusinessLIVE report.

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