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Zuma and al-Bashir commit to stronger ties in Beijing

The meeting was held in Beijing against the backdrop of China's victory celebrations.

FILE: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (R) with South African President Jacob Zuma. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Despite an outcry from opposition parties and civil society over the Omar al-Bashir debacle, President Jacob Zuma has met with the Sudanese leader where they've committed to strengthening ties.

The meeting was held in Beijing against the backdrop of China's victory celebrations.

Earlier this year the South African government came under fire after disobeying a court order prohibiting al-Bashir from leaving the country.

The Sudanese leader is wanted on charges of crimes against humanity and genocide.

Zuma and al-Bashir today committed to working together in the fields of agriculture, science, energy and mining.

South Africa and Sudan continue to enjoy warm bilateral relations even after Zuma disobeyed an international arrest warrant and allowed al-Bashir to leave South Africa when he attended the African Union summit.

His departure prompted the judiciary to request a meeting with Zuma asking for the separation of powers to be respected.

This week, the Democratic Alliance tried to ask parliament to investigate whether the Constitution had been breached when al-Bashir was allowed to leave the country and whether Zuma should be removed from office for failing to affect the ICC warrant on the Sudanese leader.

ONLY 100 OUT OF 328 MPS VOTED IN FAVOUR OF IMPEACHING ZUMA

The Democratic Alliance (DA)'s bid to have Zuma removed from office failed on Tuesday.

The party wanted an ad-hoc committee to investigate whether the president should be impeached for the failure to arrest al-Bashir.

When it came to the vote on Tuesday night, there were just 100 votes in favour, 211 against, and 17 abstentions.

Economic Freedom Fighters' (EFF) Members of Parliament (MPs) abstained from voting after agreeing that the president should go, but for reasons other than the al-Bashir debacle… including the Marikana massacre and wasteful spending on Nkandla.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane accused Zuma of trampling on the Constitution and the rule of law.

"Our broken president broke the law to protect yet another broken man."

Deputy Justice Minister John Jeffery went on the offensive.

"You are a hollow man, presiding over a hollow party, making empty promises with the sole aim of grabbing headlines."

The African National Congress insisted that arresting al-Bashir would have imperiled South Africa's relations with the rest of Africa.

AL-BASHIR DEFIES COURT ORDER AND LEAVES SOUTH AFRICA

In June the High Court in Pretoria ordered the arrest of the Sudanese president after he left South Africa in direct defiance of a court order for him to remain in the country.

Minister Yasser Youssef confirmed the Sudanese president left the country shortly before midday that day.

Advocate William Mokhari, for the government, at the time said "State Security Minister says the circumstances of departure will be fully investigated."

Al-Bashir made his departure from the Waterkloof Airforce Base at the start of legal arguments in the High Court in Pretoria over whether he should be handed over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges including genocide.

Judge President Dunstan Mlambo then instructed government to file an affidavit explaining how and when al-Bashir left.

Africa's relationship with the ICC was thrown into the mix by his presence and sudden departure at the African Union (AU) summit in Sandton.

Leaders at the summit were left picking up the pieces of their gathering after confirmation that the Sudanese president has defied a court order by heading home before the court can rule on whether South African authorities should meet their legal obligation to turn him over to the ICC.

The African National Congress is officially a sceptic, saying the ICC that wants to try al-Bashir for genocide in Darfur is no longer useful as a court of last resort.