The Council for the Advancement of the Constitution (Casac) has asked to join the DA’s high court challenge of the government’s decision to withdraw SA from the Rome Statute and the International Criminal Court (ICC). The DA and Casac brought urgent applications in the Constitutional Court on October 24 after International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane signed an "instrument of withdrawal" from the ICC on October 20. The DA launched substantively the same papers in the High Court in Pretoria on October 25. In an order dated November 11, the Constitutional Court dismissed the DA and Casac applications ‚ concluding it did not have exclusive jurisdiction over them. Maintaining that the matter is one of great public importance‚ Casac says it has now elected to urgently apply to the high court to intervene as a co-applicant in the DA’s application. Should it be permitted to intervene‚ it seeks the same relief sought by the DA — an order declaring that the noti...

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