JOHANNESBURG, South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), says it will continue its efforts for the country to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) and is following the necessary steps to achieve this.
The Chair of the ANC Sub-Committee for International Relations, Edna Molewa, says the mandate to withdraw South Africa from the ICC, based at The Hague in the Netherlands, is still on track.
“As at this point in time, there has not been any review of that mandate. In that regard, the subcommittee has been going on and we understand that the mandate says we withdraw from the ICC and I would like South Africans to listen carefully here,” she added.
“We need to ensure that we consult at the AU (African Union) level, which has been happening, since the decision was made. We also needed to ensure that there is a discussion at ICC level on some possible amendments to its statutes.”
In 2016, the ANC announced it will be calling for South Africa’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, but the North Gauteng High Court found that Cabinet’s decision to deliver the notice to the ICC without Parliament’s approval was invalid and unconstitutional.
Molewa said here Sunday that the South African government was currently consulting with other countries, which are members of the ICC to have the issues around the immunity from prosecution by the ICC amended.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK