SA to exit ICC: Ramaphosa

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President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa will be pulling out of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

He was speaking during a press conference at the Union buildings in Pretoria, where he hosted his Finnish counterpart Sauli Väinämö Niinistö.

VIDEO: President Cyril Ramaphosa is hosting Finnish President Sauli Niinistö 

The ANC took a resolution at its conference last year to rescind its conference resolution of 2017.

It was in 2017 when the conference instructed its deployees in government to pull out of the Rome Statute, after the ICC issued a warrant of arrest against former Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir.

Now, the party has backtracked.

Over the weekend it again took a resolution to start the process of pulling out of the ICC.

President Ramaphosa says this issue was prompted by the recent announcement that a warrant of arrest was issued against Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is expected to attend the BRICS summit in South Africa in August.

“The African National Congress has taken that decision that it is prudent that South Africa should pull out of the ICC. Largely because of the manner the ICC has been seen to be dealing with these types of problems and our view is that we would like this matter unfair treatment to be properly discussed.”