Malema warns of signs of government 'genocide' in ICC withdrawal

2016-10-26 20:16
Julius Malema, Leader of the EFF

Julius Malema, Leader of the EFF

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Cape Town - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on Wednesday said the party is reluctant to support the government's decision to pull out from the International Criminal Court (ICC) because the country is witnessing "signs of a government that wants to commit genocide".

"They are more than ready to kill, without provocation. They are angered by black people who come together; that's a crime according to them. They are readily available to shoot," he said outside Parliament.

Earlier, stun grenades were fired by police to disperse student protesters outside Parliament while Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivered his mini budget speech.

This after a makeshift coffin was set alight and thrown over the heads of police officers.

A stampede ensued and stones were flung.

A water cannon was used at the Plein Street entrance to Parliament.

Malema argued that "the kids" had not done anything wrong.

"They were here to register their point relating to free education. Police just started shooting at them without any provocation," he said.

"We think this government has no respect for human rights, and that is why they are moving with abnormal speed to pull out of the ICC so that they can do all sorts of human rights violations without anybody holding them accountable."

Justice Minister Michael Masutha announced on Friday that the government's reason for withdrawing from the ICC is that the court's laws conflicted with South Africa's obligations to the African Union to grant immunity to its heads of states.

Last year Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir visited SA for an African Union summit despite facing an ICC arrest warrant over alleged war crimes.

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