South Africa Withdraws from the International Criminal Court
Last Friday, South Africa announced its decision to leave the International Criminal Court (ICC). Speaking with reporters in Pretoria, Justice Minister Michael Masutha said the ICC was “inhibiting South Africa’s ability to honour its obligations relating to the granting of diplomatic immunity”.
Last year South Africa, chose to ignore a court order to arrest Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir when he was visiting the country for an African Union summit. Although accused for alleged genocide and war crimes, South Africa argued he had immunity as a head of state.
As mentioned by SBS, “the announcement puts new pressure of the worlds first permanent war crimes court, which has had to fight off allegations of pursuing a neo-colonial agenda in Africa, where all but one of its 10 investigations have been based”.