9.55 ------ Yesterday, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, signed off on a document bearing the title 'Instrumental withdrawal'. The document officially confiirmed  South Africa's withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, a body we joined in July 2002. There is no other way to describe this withdrawal than with the word 'shameful'. What this court does is enable the international community to track down and arrest gross violators of human rights in any country which is a signatory. That is exactly what was supposed to occur when the wanted war criminal Omar Al-Bashir graced South Africa with his presence at an African Union summit in Sandton. Except that it didn't. Far from wanting to bring this man to justice, the South African government was determined to fete him as if he were the very model of a democratic statesman. President Jacob Zuma met him and was photographed with him, allowing Al-Bashir to indulge himself in the illusion that he was a free an...

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