Julius Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, backed government’s decision to let al-Bashir leave the country.Malema says“I’m happy you did not arrest him. We are not going to agree on the arrest of an African leader in South Africa to polarise Africa… But I do not agree with the violation of a court order,” Malema told Zuma.
This happened on thursday in South Africa(Cape Town) In a quedtion and answeting at the South African National Assembly President Jacob Zuma reiterated his government’s stance that Pretoria had no role in ordering an arrest of Sudanese President, Omar al-Bashir, when he attended African Union Summit in Johannesburg.
Al-bashir attended the Summit in Sandton in June and left suddenly left the South Africa dispite an ICC arrest warrant on him.
Democratic Alliance leader, Mmusi Maimane, reminded Zouma that in 2010, he had told Parliament that he would respect the court’s order that al-Bashir be arrested.
Mmusi continued that “South Africa respects international law and certainly are signatories and will abide by the law.
While many analyst thing Zouma must have been very courageous in allowing Bashir return home ,the South African strongman’s action has put a tag on South African reputation in the internstional sphere.
john komallo in South Africa alafnet.com
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