The South African government has responded to the ruling passed yesterday by the International Criminal Court (ICC), saying it will study the judgement despite some local entities urging it to withdraw from the international body.
Following the ruling by the ICC, which found that the South African government in 2015 was in complete violation of the Rome Statute when it failed to detain Sudanese president Omar Al Bashir, president Jacob Zuma has been urged by the Progressive Professionals Forum (PPF) to leave the international law body and persuade other AU members to do the same.
The aim of the move would be to establish an African Criminal Court to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in the continent.
However, government has not made any public statements regarding what specific action it intends to take now that the ICC has passed judgment.
The Democratic Alliance (DA), along with other ANC detractors, has welcomed the ruling stating that it stands as another nail in the coffin of a struggling ANC.
“Today’s unanimous ruling by the International Criminal Court, that South Africa had the duty to arrest Omar Al Bashir in June 2015 and failed to adhere to the Rome Statute and the Court’s ruling by not arresting Al Bashir, is an indictment on the ANC-led government”, said DA’s Federal Executive Chairperson, James Selfe.
Yet, the PPF remains adamant that change is needed, going so far to say that the ICC has only ever convicted African leaders and thus failed its mandate entirely.
The Department of International Relations has stated that it is committed to upholding international justice.