ANC says ICC 'no longer useful' to SA

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File photo (September 5, 2011) of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The African Union chairman argued on May 27, 2013 that the ICC is targeting Africans on a racial basis.

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC is calling on government to temporarily suspend South Africa’s membership of the International Criminal Court.

It follows controversy over Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir’s recent trip to South Africa.

The ANC has already urged government to work with other African states to protect the ICC from so-called undue influence from non-member states.

The party says the ICC is no longer useful.

Instead, the ANC says the court has allowed itself to be a proxy for powerful non-member states who want to persecute African leaders and effect regime change on the continent.