PRETORIA TO BE ASKED TO EXPLAIN TO ICC WHY IT DID NOT ARREST SUDANESE PRESIDENT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa is expected to appear before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague in the Netherlands in April as it has to explain why it did not arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir when he was in the country for an African Union (AU) summit in 2015.

This was revealed by Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Michael Masutha in Parliament here Tuesday when giving an update on the Implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Repeal Bill.

South Africa’s refusal to arrest al-Bashir provoked the ire of the ICC. Al-Bashir is wanted by the ICC for alleged human rights abuses in his own country.

The South African Cabinet last year made a decision to leave the ICC.

“The critical stage at which we are now is in your hands, and that critical stage is where you have to exercise your Parliamentary authority,” Masutha told Parliament.

The Traditional Courts Bill, on a rocky passage since 2008, was also discussed.

“It’s a controversial issue. I think the clear issue to be understood with the Bill is that we do not want to create a traditional court. They are there, they exist in many communities. What the intention of the Bill is, is to regulate them and bring them in line with the Constitution,” said Deputy Minister of Justice John Jeffrey.

Certain groups are worried about the fate of women and children under this legislation while the department says it has made every effort to address these concerns.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK