In a recent press conference, Minister Michael Masutha announced that South Africa would begin processes to depart from the International Criminal Court.
He said that South Africa being a signatory to the Rome Statute holds the country's international diplomacy at ransom and undermines South Africa's role in peace and stability geo-politically.
As South Africa our international policy outlook is one of promoting peace and stability in order for prosperity to occur in Africa.— Adv Michael Masutha, Justice and Correctional Services Minister
702/Cape Talk's Eusebius McKaiser spoke to Masutha regarding the reasons behind the decision, which has been received with accusations of attempts to protect wanted perpetrators of war crimes and human rights violations.
Masutha argued that South Africa needs to be in a position to allow for diplomatic immunity under international law diplomatic, which proves to be a challenge for South Africa under the Rome Statute.
Listen to the conversation below:
Diplomatic immunity arises out of the right that is conferred under international law. It is not dependent on what stage on the three stage process outlined.— Adv Michael Masutha, Justice and Correctional Services Minister