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Ramaphosa: Govt has not ruled out ICC withdrawal

Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa says the ICC matter opens up the debate as to whether Africa should be strengthening its own structures to deal with the continent's problems.

FILE: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN – Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has not ruled out government pursuing plans to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Answering questions in the National Council of Provinces on Wednesday, Ramaphosa said government was committed to ensuring the rights of all people whether they live in this country or not.

He also addressed issues of xenophobia and the implementation of a minimum wage.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says the ICC matter opens up the debate as to whether Africa should be strengthening its own structures to deal with the continent's problems.

“Government's approach to the issue of the ICC is informed by on extensive experience of the demands and challenges of achieving peace, reconciliation and reconstruction particularly on our continent.”

Ramaphosa says government cannot allow intolerance against foreign nationals.

“We are a nation that does not build walls. This is who we are.”

On the implementation of a minimum wage, Ramaphosa says government's compliance measures will be vigorous and robust to ensure no employer dodges paying the standard rate from May next year.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)

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