Casac swats government's decision to withdraw from the ICC to court

The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac) says that government's decision to withdraw from the International Crimes Court (ICC) raises constitutional concerns about its commitment to advance human rights and its right to revoke an international treaty.

It is Parliament that endorsed the Roman Statute and made it binding to the Republic of South Africa

Lawson Naidoo, Executive Secretary of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac)

Justice Minister Michael Masutha recently announced that South Africa would begin a process to leave the ICC.

He said that government decided to undertake this step as the Roman Statute undermines the country's role in peace and stability geopolitically.

We're appealing to the Constitutional Court to say that government acted beyond its powers, and that what they sought to do is of no lawful effect whatsoever

Lawson Naidoo, Executive Secretary of Casac

On Monday, Casac lodged an application to the Constitutional Court to reverse government's decision to withdraw from the ICC.

Speaking to #NightTalk's Gugs Mhlungu and Sizwe Dhlomo, Casac Executive Secretary Lawson Naidoo says that government's justification for its decision undermines Parliament by assuming that it will agree with the Executive's position on the ICC.

We know from the Nkandla judgement that Parliament has the responsibility to hold the Executive to account, and that Parliament is not there to do the bidding of the Executive

Lawson Naidoo, Executive Secretary of Casac

Listen to the conversation below:


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