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.
South Africa and the ICC: Dismantling the international criminal justice system to protect one individual?
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?
South Africa and international criminal justice – the way forward
At a crucial point in time, when South Africa’s longstanding commitment to the International Criminal Court (ICC) hangs in the balance, and many countries across Africa and other parts of the world are looking on with real interest at the direction it will take, the Africa Group for Justice and Accountability (AGJA) and the Wayamo Foundation held a one-day public symposium in Cape Town on the issue. The event was made possible thanks to the combined generosity of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the German Federal Foreign Office, the European Union, and the Government of Canada.
South Africa and international justice – Charting the way forward
The Africa Group for Justice and Accountability (AGJA) and the Wayamo Foundation will hold a one-day public symposium at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel on 29 August 2018, under the banner of “South Africa and international justice – Charting the way forward”.
Brics summit ‘almost collapsed’ because of legal threat against heads of state – Masutha
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.
Signs of an ANC shift on withdrawal from ICC
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.
Don’t pull South Africa out of the ICC, judges urge Justice Minister Masutha
South Africa could help counter the global vacuum of respect for international law by supporting the International Criminal Court, says former Justice Richard Goldstone, who with Judge Navi Pillay has urged Justice Minister Michael Masutha not to withdraw the country from The Hague-based court.
Two court disputes test SA’s commitment to rule of law
Strong views were expressed at a seminar on South Africa and the ICC in Cape Town last week that South Africa should remain in the court. This is to both bolster international justice when it is under threat and to prove to the world – after the Zuma era – that South Africa remains committed to the rule of law. The seminar was organised by the Wayamo Foundation and the Africa Group for Justice and Accountability.
Justice Talks: Michael Masutha, South African Minister of Justice
South African Minister of Justice, Michael Masutha, speaks to Wayamo’s Bettina Ambach about South Africa’s possible withdrawal from the Rome Statute, challenges with the Malabo Protocol and the controversial question of head of state immunity.
A plan for South Africa to stay in the ICC
Published in the Mail&Guardian on 10 September 2018. Almost two years after first announcing its intention to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC), it remains unclear whether South Africa will exit the Rome Statute system. By Navi Pillay, Richard Goldstone, and Mark Kersten. Last December, Justice Minister Michael Masutha told a meeting of ICC member-states that the country was …
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