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Reports: ANC dumps ICC over Omar al-Bashir debacle

The party has apparently said the ICC is no longer useful to prosecute crimes against humanity.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Amid the political, diplomatic and legal fallout over the Omar al-Bashir debacle, it's now being reported that the African National Congress (ANC) is dumping the International Criminal Court (ICC), at least in terms of prosecutions in Africa.

The Star newspaper is reporting the ANC has now clarified its position, saying it's of the view that the ICC is no longer useful to prosecute crimes against humanity.

The ruling party has said it will start proceedings in Parliament to release South Africa from the ICC.

Government has come under fire for allowing al-Bashir to leave the country, in direct violation of a court order.

Just hours after leaving, the High Court in Pretoria ruled that South Africa was compelled to arrest the wanted Sudanese president and hand him over to the ICC, where he faces several charges, including genocide.

LISTEN: How SA will be viewed in the al-Bashir debacle

Countries have been reacting to the controversy, with the United States voicing its disappointment in South Africa's inaction.

Sudan however is blaming Africa's enemies for the failed bid to arrest its president.

The country's Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said al-Bashir's visit could have been normal and without fuss but the enemies of peace-loving countries tried to turn it into drama.

United Nations Chief Ban Ki-moon has called on all signatories of the Rome Statute to respect the authority of the ICC and said he takes the charges against the Sudanese president 'extremely seriously'.

Judge President Dunstan Mlambo has given the government seven days to explain how and why al-Bashir left the country in direct contravention of a court order.

Mlambo said the court needs to explain the circumstances that led to a court order being contravened.

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