(AFP) - South Africa's ruling party said on Sunday it
wanted the country to withdraw from the International
Criminal Court, saying the court has lost direction and
no longer fulfilled its mandate.
The decision comes after a spat with The Hague-based
court over South Africa's failure to arrest Sudanese
leader Omar al-Bashir when he arrived in the country in
June to attend an African Union summit.
"The National General Council has just resolved that
South Africa should withdraw from the international
court. However, only after we have followed certain
processes," said Obed Bapela, who heads the ANC party's
international relations commission.
The resolution came out of an ANC policy meeting where
leaders are reviewing the party's policies ahead of the
country's municipal elections in 2016.
The ANC said it still believed in the founding
principles of the ICC, such as prevention of genocide
and stopping the violations of human rights, and that
such principles led the country to become a signatory to
the Rome Statute that governs the court.
But Bapela said that the ICC "has lost its direction".