SACBC Justice and Peace Commission Urges the Government not to Appeal High Court Ruling on International Criminal Court

Bishop A. Gabuza

SACBC JUSTICE AND PEACE COMMISSION URGES THE GOVERNMENT NOT TO APPEAL HIGH COURT RULING ON INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT.

Bishop Gabuza, the chair person of SACBC Justice and Peace Commission, has urged the government not to appeal the court’s ruling ordering the government to revoke its notice of withdrawal from the international criminal court.

Today, a Pretoria high court judge has declared invalid the government’s decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court.

“We are happy with the court ruling on the matter. We reiterate our appeal to the government to remain within ICC until such a time that Africa has developed an effective regional court with the capacity and will to demand accountability of all state officials and leaders, particularly the serving heads of governments.”

Bishop Gabuza has said that, instead of spending resources to appeal the court ruling on the matter, the government should spend its resources and efforts “to mobilize other African countries and ensure that sufficient number of member states ratify the Malabo Court Protocol so that it soon enters into force for the establishment of the African Court of Justice and Human and Peoples’ Rights.”

South African government should also ensure that such a regional court has jurisdiction over serving heads of state or senior state officials.

Last year, Justice Minister Michael Masutha announced that the country had initiated the process of withdrawing from the ICC last year, citing bias against African nations.

Bishop Gabuza has said that it is also important for the South African government and other members of African Union to use their regional bloc advantage to ensure that their repeated calls for reforms are urgently and effectively addressed.

“Such reforms should, among other things, include the shift in prosecutorial policy of the ICC and the withdrawal of UNSC’s referral and deferral powers so that they are conferred either to the Assembly of States Parties or the UN General Assembly.”

Bishop Abel Gabuza.

Cell number: 0825494324

Phone number: 053 831 1861 or 053 831 1862.

Email: dagabuza@gmail.com

Archbishop William Slattery: Cell: 0834685473

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