11 July 2017

South Africa: ICC Ruling a Capitulation to a Wayward Child

opinion

Taking last week's International Criminal Court (ICC) judgment regarding South Africa's failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir seriously seems a bit like taking the tooth fairy seriously. That comparison may be a bit unfair. But if the tooth fairy is a chimera of sorts, so too is the belief that South Africa and the ICC today inhabit a world in which accountability and commitment have any real consequence. By NICOLE FRITZ. NICOLE FRITZ.

That wasn't always true. At the ICC's inception at the Rome Conference in 1998, democratic South Africa was a precocious four year-old global superstar. With its transition deemed a miracle and its new constitutional order much admired, it was the cool kid everyone wanted in their gang. It got to thumb its nose at the United States as it shaped the critical mass of states needed to rebuff the US's designs for a more pliable, less credible court.

Or so the founding myth of the ICC goes. . .And no one could blame the ICC for having wanted to borrow some of South Africa's fairy dust for its own creation. It was to be the ICC's poster-child. Its past had been blighted by exactly the type of horrific...

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