The President of South Africa announced his withdrawal from the ICC, but the administration denied this information

12:38 26 April Kyiv, Ukraine

Yesterday, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the country's intention to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, citing the court's bias.

However, the very next day, his administration denied this information, calling it a communication error.

South Africa is a signatory to the Rome Statute, but Ramaphosa explained the decision of the ANC (the ruling party African National Congress) to withdraw from the ICC by saying that the court is biased regarding certain situations.

At the same time, the presidential administration confirmed that South Africa remains a member of the ICC and is working to incorporate the Rome Statute into the country's domestic law.

This is important, since the next BRICS summit is to be held in South Africa, to which Russian President Vladimir Putin has been invited, for which the ICC previously issued a warrant. The previous BRICS summits in South Africa were held in 2013 and 2018, and Putin participated in them.