S/Africa plans to leave Int’l Crim­i­nal Court

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South Africa plans to leave the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court (ICC), a deputy min­is­ter said on Sun­day, as the gov­ern­ment faces crit­i­cism for ig­nor­ing a court or­der to ar­rest Su­dan’s pres­i­dent ear­lier this year.

The ICC has “lost

its di­rec­tion” and the rul­ing African Na­tional Congress (ANC) wants to with­draw South Africa af­ter fol­low­ing cer­tain pro­cesses, Obed Bapela, deputy min­is­ter in the Pres­i­dency, told re­porters af­ter a rul­ing party pol­icy meet­ing.

Su­danese Pres­i­dent Omar Has­san al-Bashir, ac­cused of geno­cide and war crimes, vis­ited the coun­try in June, but was al­lowed to leave de­spite a court or­der to de­tain him. The gov­ern­ment last week asked the ICC for more time to ex­plain why it al­lowed this.

But the rul­ing party this week­end re­solved to leave the ICC, with Bapela say­ing pow­er­ful na­tions “tram­ple” hu­man rights and pur­sue “self­ish in­ter­ests”.

“South Africa still holds the flag of hu­man rights, we are not low­er­ing it,” he said, adding par­lia­ment would now de­bate ICC mem­ber­ship.

The ANC com­mands a com­fort­able ma­jor­ity in the leg­is­la­ture of Africa’s most ad­vanced econ­omy, with more than 60 per­cent of the vote.

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