SA learners knock out USA to take victory at Moot Court debate
Johannesburg - Praise has flooded in for the learners who secured South Africa a victory at the 2016 International Schools Moot Court competition at The Hague.
Team South Africa consisted of pupils from rural and former model C schools who took on the United States in the finals.
Learners Nthabiseng Mbatha, Simon Motsheweni, Paseka Selinyane, Claire Rankin, Clara-Marie Macheke, Katelyn Chettle and Shandre Smith represented the country in October last year. The competition was held at the Constitutional Court and was presided over by Constitutional judges.
Not widely publicised at the time of their return, the victory was brought to public attention after Delite Ngcezula's Facebook post went viral. By Tuesday evening, it had been shared nearly 4,000 times.
Meanwhile, the Department of Basic Education congratulated the team today.
Several sponsors have gotten behind the the Schools Moot Court Competition including the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, the University of Pretoria led by Prof Haynes, the University of Venda, the Foundation for Human Rights, independent law firms, non-governmental organisations.
This debate at the international competition was centered around crimes against humanity during the time of war. Among the 12 countries that participated was Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Russia and Venezuela.
The Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said contestants were given an opportunity to argue both as defender and complainant using international criminal law and treaties relevant to the International Criminal Court.
"We take the opportunity to congratulate Claire Rankin and Clara-Marie Macheke from the Springfield Convent in the Western Cape for taking the top spot at the International Schools Moot Court Competition at The Hague after toppling Team USA.
"We also want to appreciate the provincial coordinators and national officials of the department for the dedication and hard work in supporting the road to success for the learners."