SA cautiously mulls ICC participation
- Thursday, 04 February 2016
- By South African Government News Agency
Pretoria - South Africa says it is considering its participation in the International Criminal Court (ICC) with caution.
International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, on Thursday reiterated the view that the ICC, also known as the Rome Statute, unfairly targets the continent.
“We are still consulting the ICC … [If] we pull out, we will do so in a responsible manner. We will make sure that we consult with the important agencies and make a conclusion at the end,” Minister Nkoana-Mashabane told a media briefing.
South Africa was the first African country to sign up to the ICC and adopted the court’s founding Rome Statute into domestic law. However, Pretoria is now of the view that the ICC is not serving its mandate as it says Africa is treated unequally to other member states.