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South Africa’s ruling party says Putin ‘welcome’ despite ICC warrant

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South Africa’s ruling party says Putin ‘welcome’ despite ICC warrant

25 May, 2023

The country is still “constrained” by the institution, a top party official has admitted

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South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) is ready to greet Russian President Vladimir Putin in the country at any time, the party’s secretary-general, Fikile Mbalula, has said.

The senior party official made the remarks in an interview with BBC HARDtalk’s host Stephen Sackur, who asked him whether he believed the country’s government would actually enforce the arrest warrant against Putin that was issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) earlier this year.

“If it were according to the ANC, we would want President Putin to be here, even tomorrow, to come to our country,” Mbalula stated, noting, however, that “we know that we’re constrained by the ICC in terms of doing that.”

The official somewhat avoided answering the question directly, suggesting it is not actually possible to simply go and arrest the leader of a country.

“Putin is the head of state, do you think that a head of state can just be arrested anywhere?” Mbalula went on, adding that the Russian president has actually been “working for peace between Ukraine and Russia.”

He also pressed the reporter over the questionable record of the UK itself and its Western allies, particularly former British PM Tony Blair, as well as the futile search for the ‘weapons of mass destruction’ used as a pretext to invade Iraq.

How many crimes has your country committed in Iraq? How many crimes has everyone else who’s so vocal today committed in Iraq and Afghanistan? Have you arrested them?

The remarks prompted Sackur to wrap up the discussion on the topic, with the journalist switching to questions about South African domestic affairs instead.

READ MORE: Moscow charges ICC prosecutor and judge over Putin arrest warrant

The ICC issued arrest warrants for Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova, the presidential commissioner for children’s rights, in mid-March, accusing them of taking part in the “unlawful deportation of the population (children) and that of the unlawful transfer of population (children) from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation.” The Hague-based tribunal is not recognized by Moscow, and the move has no legal validity in Russia.

However, the ICC move cast a shadow over the upcoming BRICS summit, which is scheduled for August and hosted by South Africa. The country’s officials have produced mixed signals on the prospect of enforcing the warrant. In mid-April, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa even pledged to leave the ICC altogether, but he backtracked shortly thereafter, with his office claiming the president had made the remarks “erroneously.”

The warrant caused widespread condemnation in Russia and triggered legal action against the tribunal’s officials. This week, Russia’s Investigative Committee charged in absentia a prosecutor and an ICC judge with making false accusations against a foreign official under international protection in order to complicate international relations.

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    • residentp

      The criminal globalists have captured the West and Nato and the UN and WHO and the USA Congress etc. as to rule the globe and the ICC is just another weapon now. The ANC is a globalist controlled puppet regime but rival parties may chuck this regime and take sides with the anti globalists and groups that want to have their own country and not being herded into the prison of the central global controlled Mafia. Some are genuine freedom seekers and other wants to be free from extreme control where they can’t rob the country and strip its wealth for their own gain. They don’t want the Khazarian Mafia taking all…..they want to take it all. So the globalist Ramaphosa has a difficult tightrope walk to complete and he has bonded with the Brics group also as to embrace the anti globalists. The reality is that the Rothschild and the jesuits created the opposition group, the Brics and the secret hand is keeping a secret weapon in this regard for the future. China is their secret insider in Brics as to spring the trap later and to destroy America and the West including Russia with a fatal blow later after the killer vaccines and Mrna weapons did its job. So they double talk just like the globalist taught them, and they are using this double talk strategy now against the globalists also, depending on the bribes and profits to be sucked out of the globalist masters.

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