In what seems to be a note of assurance about the future of SA after withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC), Justice Minister Michael Masutha said this decision will help in creating peace and stability on the continent.
South Africa’s formal withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) still stands as a bone of contention between the government and concerned individuals.
But Justice Masutha emphasized that South Africa’s withdrawal will be beneficial not only to the country but to the entire African continent as well.
State government on Friday announced that it has formally requested to withdraw from the Rome Statute, a treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The South African government sent an ‘instrument of withdrawal’ letter to the United Nations Secretary-General explaining its intention, Justice and Correctional Services Justice Masutha confirmed on Friday.
The decision follows several court rulings, which found that the SA government was obliged to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir when he attended an African Union summit in Johannesburg last June.
On this, Masutha says there are other heads of states besides al-Bashir who these laws have denied access into the country.
“We’ve engaged on matters of mutual developmental interests. They are unable to come to South Africa because we cannot guarantee that this country will not invoke provisions in our domestic law or the ICC Statute itself,”Justice Masutha said, pointing put that the country’s international diplomatic system is being held to ransom.
Meanwhile, DA Shadow Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Stevens Mokgalapa said government’s decision to go ahead with its withdrawal from the international court was a shift from the country’s human rights foreign policy.
“There is nothing within the Rome Statute that prohibits us from peace in Africa. I think the withdrawal from the ICC is contrary from what we stand for in terms of peace and conflict resolution,” the party’s shadow minister said.