SA’ers who fight for Israel will be arrested, says Pandor

Henry

South Africa’s minister of international relations and cooperation has said that any South Africans who fight for or with the Israeli army will be arrested upon their return to South Africa.

Dr. Naledi Pandor made these statements earlier this week during an event held in solidarity with Palestine.

“I have already issued a statement to warn those who are South African and who fight with or in the Israeli army. We are ready, when you get home we are going to arrest you,” Pandor said.

The minister’s department already issued a statement in December in which South African citizens were requested not to join foreign armed forces “which may contribute to the violation of domestic and international law”.

In the statement, it was argued that the South African government is very concerned about reports that some South African citizens and permanent residents have joined or are considering joining the Israeli army in its war in Gaza.

“Such actions could potentially contribute to the violation of international law and the commission of further international crimes, thereby making them liable for prosecution in South Africa.”

The department pointed out that any person who wants to provide foreign military aid in Israel must first apply to the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) which will then make a recommendation to the minister that such an application be granted or denied.

“Any person who joins the Israeli army without the necessary permission from the NCACC is breaking the law and may be prosecuted.”

According to the department, any permanent South African citizen can lose this status if he or she becomes involved under the flag of another country in a war that South Africa does not support or agree with.

“It is in this context that South African citizens must be made aware of the consequences of joining the Israeli army or any foreign armed forces involved in conflicts, with a view to preventing inadvertent complicity in international crimes or violations of domestic legislation.”