Cape Town – President Cyril Ramaphosa has congratulated Professor Dire Tladi of the University of Pretoria on his election as a judge of the International Court of Justice by the United Nations.
Tladi’s nomination was endorsed by the South African government in May 2023.
Ramaphosa commended Tladi’s outstanding achievement, expressing appreciation for the United Nations’ confidence in his capabilities.
“We appreciate the confidence expressed by the United Nations in Prof Tladi’s capabilities. He becomes the newest member of a fraternity of South Africans globally who are in positions of service to the international community and making important contributions to the better world we seek to build.
“We wish Prof Tladi well as he prepares to contribute to the Court and its jurisprudence from the Palace of Peace in The Hague, Netherlands,” Ramaphosa said in a statement on Friday.
The International Court of Justice is the principal judicial organ of the UN, responsible for settling legal disputes between states and providing advisory opinions on legal questions.
Tladi, a distinguished international law scholar, has a broad range of accomplishments in academia, government service, diplomacy, and practice. He is recognized for his contributions to the field and is set to serve on the Court for a nine-year term.
Compiled by Betha Madhomu