Charge against Malema gets The Hague’s attention

2010-06-17 15:40

The International Criminal Court (ICC) today confirmed receipt of a

complaint by a Rustenburg farmer against ANC Youth League president Julius

Malema.

The complaint would now “receive attention”, the farmer’s lawyer,

Fanie van der Walt, said in a statement. “The office of the prosecutor of the

ICC confirmed in writing the receipt of the complaints, which will now receive

attention.”

Malema is facing a possible genocide charge at the ICC in The

Hague, the Netherlands, for singing “Shoot the Boer”, which the Rustenburg

farmer interpreted as inciting ANC Youth League supporters to commit genocide

against Afrikaners.

Shortly after being rebuked by the governing ANC, Malema changed

the words to “Kiss the Boer”.

The unidentified Rustenburg farmer and his family reportedly left

South Africa two weeks ago, fearing for their safety.

The submission of information to the office of the prosecutor did

not automatically trigger an investigation, said Van der Walt.

“In accordance with the Rome Statute, the office must analyse all

information submitted in order to determine whether the rigorous criteria of the

statute are satisfied.

“Once a decision is reached whether or not a reasonable basis to

proceed with an investigation exists, the office of the prosecutor will promptly

inform us thereof, along with reasons for the decision.

“We believe, however, that the ICC will decide to formally

investigate the complaints because they comply with the very specific and

defined jurisdiction and mandate of the court as defined by the Rome Statute,”

said Van der Walt.

 

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