ANC justifies resolution to withdraw SA from ICC
The ANC says it has taken this decision because other countries have not followed the court’s principles.
JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says it's resolved to pull South Africa out of the International Criminal Court (ICC) because other countries are acting in their own selfish interests.
The party's National General Council (NGC) took the decision after the court demanded an explanation as to why Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir was allowed to leave South Africa despite a request from the court that he be arrested.
The ANC's International Relations Commissions head Obed Bapela says they've taken this decision because other countries have not followed the court's founding principles.
"We are also in the resolution that parliament must look at the law on the Rome Statute and re-align it to the issue of respecting immunities."
He also says South Africa will follow the necessary processes to leave the court.
This means that there could be another calendar year before a formal withdrawal occurs.
NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE
Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor says the ANC wants the implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI) to be fast tracked and funding issues resolved.
Pandor was briefing the media following a commission about health, education and science and technology challenges.
The minister says one of the first issues that was brought up with regards to the health was the implementation of the National Health Insurance scheme.
"Urgent and speedy action [is needed] with respect to finality on national health insurance."
She says if funding is an issue it must be urgently addressed.
"The barrier or lack of action is due to finances then treasury must be strongly encouraged to ensure that resources are available."
The white paper on NHI is due to be presented soon.
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LAND RESTITUTION DEBATE
The ANC's commission on land reform says the NGC has agreed that people living on communal land should be granted rights so that the land can be commercialised and there has also been a strong recommendation that title deeds be awarded to people living there.
The Land Reform Commission concluded debates on land restitution, ownership and agricultural use late last night at the NCG underway in Midrand.
The mid-year policy review is expected to wrap up with an address by President Jacob Zuma.
The commission chairperson Thoko Didiza says they also need to re-look at the ownership structure of communal land.
"Land in communal areas doesn't actually have a value, no matter how much structure you can put in that land and even if you have got land for agricultural purposes in that land, if you want to loan against it cannot be used as collateral. There is no value attached to it because of the form of ownership currently."
Didiza says the NGC agreed that limitations should be placed on title deeds awarded for communal land to prevent disputes about ownership if it is transferred.
"There should be title on communal land, however to ensure [against] landlessness where it might be. A limitation clause may need to be introduced such that the state would have the first right of refusal where such land may be mortgaged and therefore easily tradeable where no payment is made."
'WORRYING' SERVICE DELIVERY PROTESTS
The ANC says it's worrying that service delivery protests in parts of the country are increasingly being caused by the poor conduct of some party leaders.
A commission on the balance of forces has found that corruption within the party is becoming one of the main causes of violent demonstrations over delivery.
The ruling party says it urgently needs to address corruption which is entrenched in some structures of government.
The ANC's Joel Netshitenzhe says while service delivery protests are not new occurrence, the party is now faced with changing trends behind demonstrations.
Netshitenzhe says it is worrying that these days communities are provoked by corrupt officials who failed to deliver services
"Some councillors and some bureaucrats in Mothotlong sabotaged the water reticulation system so that they could get a cut."
There is still internal discussion about the ANC's integrity commission which the party wants to take decisive action against members who affect the party's reputation.
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