South Africa's case in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is a rare instance of Pretoria punching above its weight. Owing to its history of overcoming apartheid, there is no better country than South Africa to stake a claim in the debate about the conflict between Israel and Palestine.

The move is a step that seems reminiscent of the Nelson Mandela era, where South Africa took a firm stand in global politics. Mandela's successor, Thabo Mbeki also had a profound interest in international affairs. Whatever the outcome of the litigation, South Africa will have nailed its colours to the mast when it comes to humanitarian suffering and injustice...

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