The South African government, which was given until Monday to explain its failure to arrest Sudan President Omar al-Bashir‚ has asked for more time to present its position.
Government's request for extension on al-Bashir 'suspicious'
The DA's International Relations shadow minister Stevens Mokgalapa said the delay in response to the ICC is a thinly veiled attempt to allow al-Bashir back in the country.
Listen to the conversation with 702's Stephen Grootes below:
We feel that it is a tactic for them to smuggle back al-Bashir. This is unacceptable.— Stevens Mokgalapa, DA Shadow Minister of International Relations and Cooperation
Chris Landsberg, the chairperson of the African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy, said South Africa does not want a 'showdown' with the ICC.
They want to persuade the ICC that they didn't act in bad faith and avoid the costly route of a confrontation.— Chris Landsberg, the Chair of the African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
SA government finds itself in a sticky situation
The Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco) said the International Criminal Court infringed on South Africa’s rights in its handling of al-Bashir's visit to the country.
According to Grootes, the statement released by Dirco is evidence that government wants to find a solution to the predicament that they find themselves in.
Listen to the full conversation from 702's John Robbie Show:
I think we're in a bit of a tight corner. Professor Chris Landsberg has even said that the South African government is looking for an amicable solution and doesn't seem to want to leave the ICC.— Stephen Grootes, CapeTalk and 702 presenter
Government wants to say that they weren't treated fairly in this and don't want to be found that they disobeyed the court order.— Stephen Grootes, CapeTalk and 702 presenter