South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) has announced the country’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC). President Cyril Ramaphosa revealed the decision, citing concerns over the court’s alleged bias against African countries.
The move comes after the ICC issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin last month, which would have required South Africa to detain Putin during the upcoming BRICS meetings in the country. The ANC believes this demonstrated the ICC’s unfair treatment of some nations and leaders.
The ICC has indicted 54 individuals, almost exclusively African, leading many African leaders to accuse the court of bias against the continent. The ANC’s decision also follows criticism by Amnesty International, which has questioned the fairness of the ICC’s treatment of African countries.
The ANC’s withdrawal from the ICC is a reflection of the growing sentiment in many African countries, which view the court as a tool of Western countries to target and control African leaders. Other African states have also refused to cooperate with the court and are considering abandoning it altogether.
The decision by South Africa’s ruling party is sure to spark debate on the role of the ICC in promoting justice and holding individuals accountable for war crimes and other atrocities. It remains to be seen how the ICC will respond to South Africa’s withdrawal and the growing criticism from African leaders.