ANC: ICC no longer useful

Johannesburg - The International Criminal Court (ICC) is no longer a useful organisation, the ANC said on Sunday, in the wake of a court application to compel the government to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

"The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the African National Congress holds a view that the… ICC is no longer useful for the purposes for which it was intended," said the ruling party in a statement.

It described it as "a court of last resort for the prosecution of crimes against humanity".

Earlier on Sunday, the High Court in Pretoria granted an interim order preventing al-Bashir from leaving South Africa until an application, that he be arrested and handed to the ICC, is heard.

Two warrants were issued by the ICC in 2009 and 2010 for his arrest, to face charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.

Al-Bashir is in the country for the African Union summit being held in Johannesburg on Sunday and Monday.

The application to compel the government to arrest al-Bashir was brought by the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) and is currently being heard by Judge Hans Fabricius.

According to Caroline James, a lawyer with SALC, South Africa was party to the Rome Statute and thus obliged to carry out the arrest.

The ANC said those ICC statutes compelling all UN member countries to sign the Rome Statute should be reviewed.

“Countries, mainly in Africa and Eastern Europe, who due to their unwavering commitment to upholding human rights and universal justice, have elected to be signatories to the ICC, continue to unjustifiably bear the brunt of the decisions of the ICC with Sudan being the latest example,” the ANC said.

Murdock Mopp 2015/06/14 04:28:21 PM
The ANC is no longer useful for the purpose for which it was intended
Otto Frank Remke 2015/06/14 04:29:55 PM
Of course the ICC is deemed no longer useful by our useless cANCer government. Why? Because half of them may end up in front of the ICC before their lives end. The ICC stand for everything our government simply doesn't understand about leading, empathy, and morality..
Gavin Hendricks 2015/06/14 04:29:59 PM
anc trying to worm themselves out of a sticky situation once again, they are spineless cowards
Andile Jwaqa 2015/06/14 04:31:24 PM
Ignore the ICC and those who are hellbent on turning Africa against South Africa.
Gripen12 2015/06/14 04:31:54 PM
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Sounds like things are getting a bit heated under the collar for these ANC imbeciles.
Thabani Hlengwa 2015/06/14 04:32:46 PM
What is so difficult for ICC to arrest Al Bashir in Sudan not in South Africa. Its means they(ICC) don't take AU seriously.
George Wood 2015/06/14 04:34:05 PM
LOL, says the ANC!
Kenneth Burns813 2015/06/14 04:35:19 PM
So in the view of our beloved ANC, being responsible for the death of 300,000 people and the displacement of millions of other is not a crime against humanity. I wonder what the ANC does consider a crime against humanity, probably putting up a statue of a political leader from the 1800's.
Trevor Whitehead 2015/06/14 04:37:27 PM
Boy!! Now I'm really pissed off.. effing devious monster.
Lydon Daniel McGrane 2015/06/14 04:37:36 PM
Playing right into the hands of the opposition once again.