SA has not turned its back on human rights - Ramaphosa

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Cape Town - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa has not turned its back on human rights following its decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court.

Ramaphosa was answering a supplementary question from Democratic Alliance MP Stevens Mokgalapa in the National Assembly on Wednesday.

African National Congress MPs jeered Mokgalapa as he asked the question.

"South Africa has not turned its back on human rights at all. We were recently regarded as the fourth country in the world that upholds human rights," he answered, referring to an unnamed report.

"That flies in the face of what you are asking. When world bodies say we are fourth in class, it does not mean that you have failed. It means there is something good that we are doing."

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Government's withdrawal from the ICC would be debated in Parliament in due course, he said.

The original question posed to Ramaphosa regarded South Africa's role in conflict resolution in South Sudan.

Ramaphosa said a number of countries were helping South Sudan, including China, countries in south-east Asia, Nordic countries, and many in Africa.

"We hope that in the end the people of South Sudan will find the peace that they want to find."

Speaker Baleka Mbete said at the start of the meeting that she had received a letter from Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema, indicating that his MPs would not be in the House as they were attending to other matters.

The EFF was protesting in Pretoria to demand the release of the state capture report, which was released on Wednesday afternoon.

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