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'It’s impossible for SA to continue its ICC membership'

President Zuma’s statement follows the decision in October by ANC NGC that SA withdraw from the tribunal.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

PRETORIA - President Jacob Zuma has reportedly told the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa that his government believes it's impossible for South Africa to continue its membership of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Zuma's statement follows the decision in October by the African National Congress' (ANC) National General Council (NGC) that South Africa withdraw from the international war crimes tribunal.

With Kenya leading the charge for African nations to quit the ICC, Zuma reportedly told his continental peers South Africa is seriously reviewing its participation in the Rome Statute, giving effect to the ICC, and will announce its decision in due course.

AU Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told reporters after the summit that AU member states could consider withdrawal if the ICC behaves in a way where countries have to choose between the AU and the tribunal.