The statement issued on Thursday, 06 July by the Chairperson of Parliaments Portfolio Committee on International Relations & Cooperation on the ICC judgement on South Africa’s failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar al Bashir in keeping with our country obligations as per the Rome Statute of the ICC should not be accepted as the official position of the Portfolio Committee.
The views expressed by the Chairperson were his own myopic views on a gravely serious matter, and therefore the IFP considers the Chairpersons statement o be an abuse of office and position anchored in reckless and irresponsible conduct.
The IFP distances itself from the Chairpersons statement.
The IFP will accordingly raise this matter with the Speaker and other Parliamentary bodies including the Portfolio Committee.
The IFP maintains that the Government’s intention to withdraw from the ICC is ill-advised and grinds against the grain of global peace and international justice.
Mkhuleko Hlengwa, MP
IFP Spokesperson on International Relations and Cooperation