Israel has recalled its ambassador to South Africa for consultations following the recent statements from South Africa.
The ruling African National Congress (ANC) party in South Africa expressed its support for a parliamentary motion calling for the closure of the Israeli embassy in the country.
This move comes amid South Africa’s strong criticism of Israel’s campaign in Gaza against Hamas, which was triggered by Hamas militants’ actions in southern Israel on October 7, leading to a devastating war in Gaza.
Meanwhile, the South African government has called on the International Crime Court (ICC) to issue an arrest warrant for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by mid-December.
South Africa, alongside Bangladesh, Bolivia, Comoros, and Djibouti, had earlier submitted a referral to the ICC, calling for an investigation into potential war crimes and crimes against humanity in Gaza.
South Africa has withdrawn its diplomats from Israel, and there are suggestions that the position of Israel’s ambassador to Pretoria is becoming “untenable.”
Minister in the Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said if the ICC did not do this, it would signal a “total failure” of global governance.