Africa (Xinhua) -- South Africa’s
decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC)
remains, ruling party African National Congress (ANC)
chairperson for International Relations Subcommittee, Edna
Molewa has said.
The hard stance position is in tandem
with the party’s multiple resolutions reaffirmed during the
party’s 5th National Policy Conference held in Johannesburg last
month, Molewa said.
The senior politician said this in a newsletter which was
released on Friday.
The newsletter focuses primarily on local and foreign hot
current affairs topics.
The ICC wanted South Africa to arrest Sudanese President Al-Bashir
when he entered the country in June 2015 for an African Union
By the time he arrived in the country the South African
Litigation Centre (SALC) approached the high court for an order
that government enforce an ICC arrest warrant on him.
Molewa,who is currently South African Minister of Water and
Environmental Affairs, said the court was in essence forcing
South Africa to choose between carrying out its obligations in
terms of the Rome Statute and arresting a sitting head of state
whilst he was attending a summit as a guest of the African
A decision which she said had "far-reaching and potentially
disastrous foreign policy implications.
"Far from being praised for our efforts to promote peace and
stability in the region, South Africa would have been regarded
as having been a player in the conflict, with consequences for
our peace keepers in Sudan, and for the country as a whole,"
Zuma reiterates call for
radical economic transformation
CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) --
President Jacob Zuma on Saturday reiterated his
call for radical socio-economic transformation to correct the
wrongs of apartheid.
South Africa has high rates of unemployment (which hovers
around 27 percent) because of the structure of the economy and
labour market -- another direct effect of apartheid, Zuma said
at the launch of the Truman Magubane Family Foundation in
Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal Province.
The foundation is aimed at supporting underprivileged
children in various fields.
Magubane, 74, is an anti-apartheid hero and spent 15 years
imprisoned on Robben Island off Cape Town.
South Africa, Zuma said, continues to suffer the consequences
of apartheid policies today even as the government led by the
African National Congress (ANC) has expanded access to education
"That is why we speak of radical socio-economic
transformation: the fundamental change in the structure,
systems, institutions and patterns of ownership and control of
the economy," Zuma noted.
Citing several reasons for changing the structure of the
economy, Zuma said South Africa’s economy was built around
commodities for export to Europe and later the Americas and
Even roads and rail were constructed so that they led from
the mine shafts and the farms straight to the harbours like
Durban, according to Zuma.
"Commodity prices are set in the international market.
"In other words the minerals come from our land but we do not
determine their price," said Zuma.
The large economies buy minerals from South Africa as raw
materials and manufacture goods which they sell back to the
country at exorbitant prices, he said.
Capitalism works in such a manner that at times more is
produced than what can be sold, resulting in the prices being
reduced and commodity-based economies suffer, he explained.
It is in the nature of capitalism to concentrate capital in
fewer and fewer enterprises, Zuma said.
Historically all the capital is controlled largely by white
men, he added.
"Those who hold capital here and abroad instinctively become
suspicious when we talk about changing the structure of the
economy because they are making a lot of money from the economy
as it is.
"They have to protect their hold on the economy even if it
means they have to destroy our spirits and take our lives," Zuma
South Africa must re-industrialize so that more jobs can be
created, he said.
"We also want to beneficiate our minerals and agricultural
products so that we add more value and do not depend on import
of finished goods from other countries," the president said.
South African ruling party
calls for regulation of political funding
CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) --
South Africa’s ruling African National Congress
(ANC) on Sunday called for the regulation of private financing
of political parties amid growing reliance by these parties on
In a submission to Parliament on matters relating to the
review and strengthening of political funding, the ANC said
political financing must be transparent in a way that will
promote and support democracy.
This came after the current over-reliance by political
parties on private donations as well as the secrecy that clouds
political party financing has fueled perceptions that anonymous
donations from masked sources subvert democratic processes, lead
to a manipulation of public policy positions in favor of those
private interests and dilute the voice of citizens.
"Transparency therefore is necessary to increase public
confidence in the democratic system and to allow parties to
remain financially sustainable in an ethical, lawful and
predictable manner," ANC Treasurer General Zweli Mkhize said.
Party finances, Mkhize said, must be open to public scrutiny
and discussions engaged on the desirability of donations from,
amongst other categories, foreign interests or from companies
that conduct substantial business with the state.
The ANC appreciates the current fiscal constraints and thus
the need to revise current allocations to political party
funding without sacrificing other important public priorities,
The ANC therefore calls on Parliament’s Ad Hoc Committee to
consider these proposed reforms to strengthen democracy, combat
corruption and build transparency and accountability in the
funding of political parties in line with the party’s stated
commitments to prudent financial management.
The multiparty special parliamentary committee, set up
earlier this month, is responsible for enquiring into and making
recommendations on funding of political parties represented in
national and provincial legislatures.
At its first meeting on Friday, the committee unanimously
decided that the public will be invited to submit views on the
proposed model to adequately fund political parties, regulate
private funding and to ensure transparency and accountability.
Since the end of apartheid in 1994, political parties in the
country have been united in refusing to open their books.
Currently political parties are not required to declare
sources of their funds or how they use their money.