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‘Some heads of state’ giving SA a wide berth until we’ve left the ICC

Now why would a handful of statesmen, in the words of justice minister Michael Masutha, want to avoid South Africa until we’re no longer bound by the rules of the International Criminal Court?

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Despite government’s best efforts, the process of leaving the International Criminal Court (ICC) seems to have become bogged down in a battle between the ANC’s loyalty to nefarious statesmen and the rule of law.

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In an attempt to take the matter out of the legal and constitutional arena, justice minister Michael Masutha approached parliament with a bill that would give cabinet the power to ultimately make the decision to leave the ICC; this, despite the supreme court of appeal’s ruling that the ANC government had violated international law in protecting Omar al-Bashir — who’s wanted for murdering hundreds of thousands — from being arrested and deported to stand trial.

Masutha told parliament that some heads of state are afraid of visiting South Africa, as they’re unsure whether they might enjoy diplomatic immunity or be arrested for the crimes they stand accused of… how’s about we let the courts decide?

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Even after the SCA clearly ruled that Masutha and his comrades broke the law, he went to parliament and tried to convince the justice committee that cabinet should make this decision.

In case the minister forgot, South Africa didn’t vote for him, he was appointed by the leader of a party that was voted for; nor did South Africans have any say in this matter as the majority don’t even understand the implications of government’s decision to leave an organisation that Nelson Mandela was a key founding member of.

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Anyway, Masutha wants the matter settled as soon as possible so he can get back to rubbing shoulders with whoever is scared to visit SA on account of them possibly having to answer to the ICC.

“South Africa, since the Al-Bashir matter, has had difficulty in attracting the official visits of several heads of state given the legal uncertainty that this legal situation has created,” Masutha told MPs.