South Africa’s President Ramaphosa Renews Call for Gaza Ceasefire and Palestinian Statehood in State of the Nation Address

Speaking at Cape Town City Hall, President Ramaphosa emphasized South Africa's dedication to human rights and freedom, pledging to prevent further casualties and devastation in Gaza.
February 11, 2024
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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa reiterated his nation’s commitment to securing a ceasefire in the conflict in Gaza and advocating for a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine during his annual State of the Nation Address. Speaking at Cape Town City Hall, President Ramaphosa emphasized South Africa’s dedication to human rights and freedom, pledging to prevent further casualties and devastation in Gaza.

In a significant move, South Africa has brought a case against Israel to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, accusing it of genocide in Gaza. Last month, the ICJ issued an interim ruling affirming its jurisdiction to hear the case and directing Israel to take measures to prevent genocidal acts. President Ramaphosa hailed this ruling in his address, condemning civilian casualties on all sides and urging all parties involved to commit to a peace process leading to a two-state solution.

Al Jazeera’s Fahmida Miller, reporting from Johannesburg, noted South Africa’s perception of the ICJ case as a success. President Ramaphosa emphasized the importance of negotiations in resolving conflicts, expressing firm support for the Palestinian cause and the pursuit of diplomatic and legal avenues to achieve a ceasefire and lasting peace in the region.

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