South Africa: The ANC gives Putin immunity…

This was bound to happen, as the South African Government will both hold BRICS Ministerial Meetings in June and BRICS General Summit August this year. Therefore, the ANC and the government had to figure out something. That is has now appeared and they are showing allegiance to Russia.

That is the message and the memo. Not that this is new or anything. Pretoria is bound by the BRICS agreements and the cordial relations with the allies of the BRICS. It would have been a surprise and a shocker if they would have arrested or charged Putin on South African soil That would have been a monumental task and an international quagmire of epic proportions.

The ANC and the government of the Republic already had a bad predicament. As the International Criminal Court has issued charges and pending arrest of Vladimir Putin. This means that his international travels could give way and reasons for his sudden arrest. Even as a head of state and an executive of a sovereign independent Russia.

This has solved and resolved the “illegalities” of a visit and legitimized Putin’s stay in South Africa. It has given him a reason to come and visit. That’s the gist of the reason move. However, I am not shocked. The same nation allowed the same to happen to the former Sudanese President Omer Al-Bashir who visited the nation in 2017.

When that happened, the ICC wrote this in advance of the visit:

“Today, 6 July 2017, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) composed of Judges Cuno Tarfusser, Presiding, Chang-ho Chung, and Marc Perrin de Brichambaut who appended an individual opinion, delivered in open session its decision finding that South Africa failed to comply with its obligations by not arresting and surrendering Omar Al-Bashir to the Court while he was on South African territory between 13 and 15 June 2015. However, the Chamber considered that it is not warranted to refer South Africa’s non-compliance to the Assembly of States Parties (“ASP”) or the Security Council of the United Nations (“UNSC”)” (ICC, 06.07.2017).

We can most likely see something similar happen when Putin arrives or is scheduled to arrive in South Africa. It is the same thing all over again. The Republic of South Africa haven’t notified that they are leaving the Rome Statute or the ICC. Therefore, they will possibly breach the agreement and there will be ramification that can end up int the Council of United Nations.

We can now also see that the BRICS coalition is more important than anything for the current leadership of South Africa. They are valuing BRICS over other agreements and legal instruments it has signed itself too.

It is surely interesting times we are living in. I am not shocked or surprised this was bound to happen. It is just happening 6 years ago last time and now the same thing is occurring again. To think that its changes that it’s a Russian President versus a Sudanese one is naïve. When the RSA has allowed it to happen before… and in 2023 would be no different. Peace.

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Opinion: Is Ramaphosa forgetting the pledges of the Freedom Charter?

There Shall be Peace and Friendship!

South Africa shall be a fully independent state which respects the rights and sovereignty of all nations; South Africa shall strive to maintain world peace and the settlement of all international disputes by negotiation – not war; Peace and friendship amongst all our people shall be secured by upholding the equal rights, opportunities and status of all; The people of the protectorates Basutoland, Bechuanaland and Swaziland shall be free to decide for themselves their own future; The right of all peoples of Africa to independence and self-government shall be recognised, and shall be the basis of close co-operation. Let all people who love their people and their country no say, as we say here” (The Freedom Charter, 26.06.1955).

I know it’s years ago and maybe the Freedom Charter is a forgotten tale for the African National Congress (ANC). The ANC is now beholden to power and has kept it since the end of Apartheid. However, the ideals of the Freedom Charter shouldn’t be lost. The charter itself sets a mandate and a boundaries, which should even be upheld in 2023. T

That’s why I am wondering if President Cyril Ramaphosa is concerned about it or doesn’t care. The document of the Freedom Charter should be the mantle and the ones that is guiding the ANC. However, at this point of time… I doubt that…

Just read these parts of the reasoning of “not taking a stance” from the President:

“This explains South Africa’s membership of the Non-Aligned Movement, a forum of 120 countries that are not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc. South Africa has also used its membership of other international forums like the G20 and BRICS group to advance the views and interests of countries in Africa and the rest of the Global South” (…) “We do not accept that our non-aligned position favours Russia above other countries. Nor do we accept that it should imperil our relations with other countries” (Cyril Ramaphosa – ‘South Africa will not take sides in a contest between global powers’ 15.05.2023).

When reading this and the whole Presidential Blog it was depressing. The sort of defeatist. Especially the way and manner which it describes things. It is obvious that Ramaphosa is dancing on a thin line with BRICS allies, which is Russia. Because, his an ally with the BRICS and it shows.

That’s why it speaks like this… it is not showing true independence, and neither is it respectful of the history of the Freedom Charter. That is what is striking. The language and choices of words contrasts with the history of the ANC. It is partly siding with the invading forces and not taking a direct stance in the war in Ukraine. That’s because of its loyalty to Russia.

It is a sad tale, but everything got to end. Even the dogmas and the ideals of the Freedom Charter is losing its value in South Africa. Peace.

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