By Mpho Raborife
The ANC wants South Africa to begin the process of withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC) because it believes the ICC has lost its direction, the party’s international relations subcommittee chairperson Obed Bapela said on Sunday.
“The principles that led us to be members [of the ICC] remain valid and relevant… however the ICC has lost its direction unfortunately and is no longer pursuing that principle of an instrument that is fair for everybody,” Bapela told reporters during a briefing in Midrand where the African National Congress is holding its National General Council meeting.
There were a handful of powerful countries which refused to be ICC members, yet they still had the power to refer matters to the court, Bapela said.
This decision was not selfish and South Africa would continue to carry the flag of human rights and an end to genocide, he said.