Differences within government and the ANC about South Africa’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court could mean that the parliamentary process now under way might yet come to naught – but don’t expect much open debate on this before next year’s general elections.
Justice Minister Michael Masutha has admitted that the Brics summit in Johannesburg last month “almost collapsed” because a group of South African lawyers threatened legal action against some heads of state attending the gathering.
The introduction of the International Crimes Bill before the portfolio committee on justice and correctional services, two weeks ago, signals steadfast resolve to eventually withdraw from the Rome Statute. Is South Africa dismantling its own international criminal justice framework for one man who they will, despite withdrawal, still be legally obligated to arrest and surrender for as long as he remains wanted by the International Criminal Court?
Rather than undermine South Africa’s international reputation, Ramaphosa has a unique and rare opportunity to enhance it; it is up to him to seize this chance.
The Wayamo Foundation is proud of its partnership with the UN Team of Experts. Together, we worked on different capacity building projects in Nigeria and in the Central African Republic.
The late Joan Kagezi was appointed head of Department from 2010 up to the time of her demise on 30th March, 2015. The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions set up an International War Crimes in the wake of the terrorist attack on Uganda in 2010, which led to the death of about 75 people. Uganda ratified the Rome Statute of 1998 which was domesticated and passed as the “International War Crimes Act of 2009”. By Kambale Reagan.
The Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Mike Chibita, this week voiced his frustration over the delay by the police to investigate and bring to book the killers of slain Principal State Attorney Joan Kagezi three years down the road.
Judicial officers, legal practitioners and other actors in the criminal justice system on Friday, got together to discuss best practices through which international and transnational crimes can be combatted. By PAUL AMPURIRE.
DCI noted the changing trends in transnational crimes, which have been made more complex by the advances in information communication technology requires a paradigm shift on how they are fought. By DANNISH ODONGO.
Supreme Court judge Isaac Lenaola has lamented the encroachment of the Judiciary’s independence by the Executive saying that targeting of judges by interested parties in cases is eroding democracy in Kenya. By Samuel Ramtu.