South Africa’s Ramaphosa says ruling party wants country to quit ICC
President Cyril Ramaphosa said Tuesday his ruling ANC party had resolved that South Africa should quit the International Criminal Court, which last month issued an arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The ICC issued an arrest warrant against Putin in March meaning Pretoria, due to host the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa bloc summit this year, would have to detain him on arrival.
“Yes, the governing party… has taken that decision that it is prudent that South Africa should pull out of the ICC,” Ramaphosa said during a press conference co-hosted with the visiting President of Finland Sauli Niinisto.
Ramaphosa said the decision, which follows a weekend meeting of the African National Congress (ANC), was reached “largely” because of what is perceived as the court’s unfair treatment of certain countries.
“We would like this matter of unfair treatment to be properly discussed, but in the meantime the governing party has decided once again that there should be a pull out,” he said.
In other news- Justice Makonese to face misconduct enquiry
A tribunal set up to investigate allegations of misconduct levelled against High Court judge, Justice Martin Makonese has been sworn in at State House, Harare today.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa appointed the three-member team headed by Retired Judge Justice Simbi Mubako to inquire into the allegations levelled against Justice Makonese and determine his suitability to hold a top judicial office. Learn more