ICC fight will go to ConCourt - DA

2016-12-05 11:20
DA federal executive chairperson James Selfe.

DA federal executive chairperson James Selfe. (Tshidi Madia)

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Pretoria – The DA’s challenge of the government’s decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court will end up in the Constitutional Court, the party said on Monday.

"The loser is going to take this matter to the Constitutional Court," DA federal executive chairperson James Selfe told News24 outside the High Court in Pretoria.

Selfe said the party believed the Constitution determined that the government’s decision had to be based on concerns for human rights.

"The decision to withdraw from [the] ICC is inherently irrational and unconstitutional," he said.

Selfe said the fact that a full bench of high court judges would preside over its case on Monday meant the court was taking the matter seriously.

Last month, the Constitutional Court dismissed the party's application for direct access, to challenge the decision.

On October 21, Justice Minister Michael Masutha told reporters that South Africa had initiated the process of withdrawing from the ICC by notifying the United Nations of its intention to revoke its ratification of the Rome Statute, which established the ICC.

The decision followed several court judgments that the government violated the law by not arresting ICC-indicted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir during his visit to South Africa in June last year.

The ICC wants him to stand trial on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.

Read more on:    international criminal court  |  da  |  icc  |  pretoria  |  human rights

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