Is SA's decision to withdraw from ICC exposing dilemma in human rights advocacy?

South Africa will go ahead in starting processes to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), despite widespread criticism against this.

Speaking to 702's John Robbie, Professor Christopher Landsberg said that the moves highlights South Africa's conundrum in trying to strike a balance regarding our position on diplomacy and prioritising human rights.

We are heading towards a post human rights foreign diplomacy and the ramifications are dire for our standing in world affairs.

Prof Christopher Landsberg, University of Johannesburg's Centre for Policy Studies

In an interview with Eusebius McKaiser yesterday, Masutha insisted that the withdrawal was due to the need for South Africa to use diplomatic immunity under international law. However, he said that South Africa was being "held ransom" and being compromised in advocating for peace and stability on the continent.

In response to the issue, the Democratic Alliance (DA) will approach the Constitutional Court to have the decision declared illegal.

Listen to the interview below:

For 22 years, even through the much celebrated Madiba years, we almost got away with a PR stunt because we stressed that human rights comes first.

Prof Christopher Landsberg, University of Johannesburg's Centre for Policy Studies
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