Reports: Zuma gave assurance al-Bashir would not be arrested in SA

The City Press is reporting that Robert Mugabe made the announcement at the AU Summit closing last night.

FILE. President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Twenty-four hours after Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir left South Africa, it's being reported that President Jacob Zuma gave the African Union (AU) Summit assurances he would not be arrested.

The City Press is reporting that AU Chair Robert Mugabe made the bombshell announcement at the closing of the gathering in Sandton late on Monday night.

However, the Presidency has refused to comment on the claim that Zuma made this assurance.

There was shock and confusion across the country on Monday as al-Bashir's plane took off from the Waterkloof Air Force Base, in direct contravention of an interdict.

The High Court in Pretoria ruled that he be arrested and handed over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges including genocide and crimes against humanity.

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But by the time that ruling was made the Sudanese president was already three hours into his journey home.

Government has committed to abiding by the High Court order to explain how he was allowed to leave.

Government said in a statement that it would enquire about the circumstances under which al-Bashir left the country and submit an affidavit to the High Court in Pretoria outlining the details.

It said it would however await written reasons for the court's ruling, which is expected next Monday.

Meanwhile, the African National Congress (ANC) said this matter has exposed the fundamental flaws of the workings of the ICC.

The party has persisted with a claim that a government notice afforded al-Bashir immunity, despite a full bench of judges dismissing that argument in court.

The ANC has called on government to appeal the ruling and Judge President Dunstan Mlambo has given government a week to explain how al-Bashir was allowed to exit South Africa.

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