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Adam Habib Sums up South Africa’s International Criminal Court/Al-Bashir Debacle

Adam Habib, political analyst, Vice Chancellor of Wits University and author of South Africa’s Suspended Revolution, says he is worried by hints that South Africa may leave the International Criminal Court.

South Africa's Suspended RevolutionRewolusie op ysInguqukombuso YeNingizimu Afrika Eyabondwa YashiywaNtwa ya Boitseko e Fanyehuweng ya Afrika Borwa

Government accused the ICC of deciding South Africa must arrest visiting Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir before completing a process of proper consultation.

“I don’t necessarily agree with the fact that government violated a court order,” Habib says, although he also says that Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe was “absolutely right” that South Africa need a balance between competing obligations: “The law has to be applied in the real world.”

He says he disagrees, however, with the government’s desire to leave the ICC: “It’s a dangerous thing. It’s a race to the bottom in the human rights scale.”

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