'The South African Government's decision to cancel its withdrawal from the ICC is a welcome reversal of its initial ill-advised and illegal pronouncement. Although the government will likely seek the necessary parliamentary approval to permanently withdraw from the ICC, there is now hope that members of parliament will rebuff that request and alternatively stand firm in support of the ICC and, subsequently, accountability for those who commit the most horrific atrocity crimes.
South Africa should maintain its position in the international community as a country that strives for justice and the rule of law.'
Dr Mark Ellis
International law expert
Executive Director, International Bar Association