During his two-day State visit to the Middle East in Doha, Qatar, President Cyril Ramaphosa made a significant announcement, revealing that South Africa has formally submitted a referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate alleged war crimes committed by Israel in Gaza.
This decision follows the recent conflict, with Hamas reporting over 11,000 casualties in Gaza since their surprise attack on Israel last month. President Ramaphosa strongly criticized the Israeli military, accusing them of transforming Gaza into a concentration camp and emphasizing the tragic loss of innocent lives, especially children.
He called upon the international community to unite in demanding a ceasefire from the Israeli government and urged the ICC to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter.
The situation remains tense, with ongoing global discussions emphasizing the necessity of legal measures to address the crisis. The move by South Africa adds another layer to the complex geopolitical dynamics surrounding the Israel-Palestine conflict.