ANC set on withdrawing from ICC

On Thursday, the ICC will rule on whether South Africa was wrong not to detain Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir during a 2015 visit to the country.

FILE: The International Criminal Courts building (ICC) in The Hague. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - As the African National Congress (ANC) national policy conference wraps up and commissions report back, the party has made clear its decision to withdraw from the Rome Statute.

The ANC says government should continue to exhaust all legal processes for South Africa to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

On Thursday, the ICC will rule on whether South Africa was wrong not to detain Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir during a 2015 visit to the country.

National executive committee member Miriam Saohatse says that delegates at the ANC’s policy conference reaffirmed the decision taken at its Mangaung conference in 2012 to no longer be a member of the Hague-based court.

“The ANC delegates and commission are still committed to the resolution that South Africa should withdraw.”

In February, the High Court in Pretoria ruled that government's decision was unconstitutional and invalid.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)