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Civil Society Organisations Call on President Zuma to Comply with the Rule of Law & Cooperate with the ICC

Khulumani is one of five South African organisations that has endorsed a media statement calling on the South African Government to obey court orders and to respect the independence of the judiciary; on political leaders to desist from making gratuitous attacks against the judiciary; and on the National Director of Public Prosecutions to commence criminal proceedings against those who violated the court order restraining the departure of President Bashir from South Africa, including those who orchestrated the violation of the order.

Five leading South African civil society organisations and 118 concerned individuals have endorsed a statement calling upon the South African Government to respect the rule of law and honour South Africa’s treaty obligations by cooperating with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in relation to the warrant of arrest issued for President Omar al-Bashir of The Sudan. 

The South African based organisations who have endorsed the statement are:

  • Accountability Now
  • Human Rights Media Centre
  • Khulumani Support Group
  • Sonke Gender Justice Network
  • South African History Archive (SAHA)

These organisations represent several thousand members and supporters. 

The statement also calls on the South African Government to obey court orders and respect the independence of the judiciary. It calls upon political leaders to desist from making gratuitous attacks against the judiciary.

The National Director of Public Prosecutions is called upon to commence criminal proceedings against those who violated the court order restraining the departure of President Bashir from South Africa, including those who orchestrated the violation of the order.

The ICC is requested to refer the non-compliance of South Africa with its Rome Statute obligations to the ICC’s Assembly of States Parties in order to take appropriate action against South Africa.

The statement is attached below.

For inquiries contact:

  • Khulumani Support Group – Marje Jobson --  011 833 2044 -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Sonke Gender Justice Network – Dean Peacock -  011 339 3589 -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • South African History Archive – Catherine Kennedy --011 718 2560 -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Accountability Now -  Adv Paul Hoffman SC: 082 888 0821 -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Human Rights Media Centre  – Shirley Gunn:  021 761 3303 -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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