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September 27, 2009 (WASHINGTON) — The president of South Africa Jacob Zuma affirmed his country’s position over the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) last March.

Speaking to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, the South African president said that "as a signatory of this particular agreement [the ICC Statute] we said that once he has been arrested [in South Africa by judiciary], we could not stop the arrest of Bashir. That is the position we made”.

Asked by Amanpour whether he sticks to his earlier statements that if Bashir “was to ever set foot inside your [South Africa] country you would order him arrested”, Zuma replied “that is correct”.

The statements are the first of its kind by an African head of state since the ICC charged Bashir with seven counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

This is also the first time Zuma speaks on the issue since the African Union (AU) summit held in Libya last July in which the states adopted a resolution that they shall not cooperate with the ICC in executing the warrant.

South Africa has reportedly raised no objections to the resolution believed to be pushed forward by the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. However, Zuma came under fire from rights groups in his country who accused him of violating his country’s laws and constitution.

However, shortly thereafter the South African government after consulting with its legal advisers declared that adopting the AU resolution would be a breach of its obligations.

Zuma defended the position of the AU, seen by human right groups and Darfur rebels as granting impunity to the Sudanese leader.

“The ICC took the decision and issued the warrant of arrest and there is a continental position by the AU to which we are a member which looked at the conditions in Sudan particularly the progress that we are making in terms of intervening to bring about peace and stability,” he said.

“What the AU said in the decision which we are part of. It did not say that president Bashir must not be arrested, all it asked is that a deferment of that action on the basis of the progress we are making in terms of the peace intervention. Our view was if you acted at that point you could reverse the process we are making and the consequences of it will certainly affect the Sudanese who are fighting. Therefore give us a chance to complete that particular chapter then you could deal with Bashir later” he added.

Sudan has raised the issue of South Africa’s position with regards to the ICC during a visit of its International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to Khartoum this month.

At the time, the Sudanese foreign ministry spokesperson Muawiya Osman told the UN sponsored Miraya FM radio that Nkoana-Mashabane told officials that South Africa is committed to the Sirte declaration calling for non-cooperation with the ICC.

Bashir has skipped Zuma’s inauguration last May after being warned that he would face arrest.

The remarks made by Zuma would likely outrage Khartoum which had said in the past that African ICC states are required to comply with the AU decision. They would also put South Africa at odds with its ally Libya, which pushed for the resolution.

Botswana and Chad are the only two countries in Africa that have publicly announced that they will not abide by the AU resolution halting cooperation with the ICC.

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  • 28 September 2009 09:19, by Dengtaath

    Jacob Zuma, the president of South Africa, is a clear African leader, I admired that clear statement on Bashier’s ICC criminal charges. Bashier with no speculation deserved to see the criminal court of Justice, is a pure murder he can’t get away with that.
    Thanks Mr.president

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    • 28 September 2009 17:34, by kaditabiyok

      jACOB ZUMA

      You are true african leader,not like mixed mad dog of libiya.maramar gadafi do talk as drunker.he support his brother arab african el bashir.in africa culture criminals are not supported.bashir should face icc.he murdered african tribes in darfur,south sudan,nuba ,blue nile and eastern sudan.arab world is full of crimes because they support criminals.I appeal to all pure african leaders to hand over killer.to icc soon

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  • 28 September 2009 09:20, by Otong

    Yes, Mr. Zuma sent the criminal to ICC and that should a good example, which should be followed by the rest of African leaders.

    The murder El Bashir must be prosecute!!!

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  • 28 September 2009 09:42, by $iong mayom

    This is a clear warning to the fugitive Beshir that there is nowhere to hide in the African continent. This is a huge blow to the notorious Beshir because the continental powerhouse is ready to exercise its right as a signatory of agrement. LIbya should declare its stance and warn Beshir of a possible arrest if he sets foot on Libyan land. I am pretty sure that Kenya holds the same view as South Africa. All countries will now follow South Africa’s lead and declare their tough stance against parasite Beshir that the African continent needs to get rid off. I SALUTE PRES. ZUMA FOR OPENING THE DOOR TO THE REST OF THE CONTINENT. Beshir has to understand that he will be left isolated and he should peacefully hand himself in to the ICC and answer the charges. AFRICA WON’T HABOUR A PEST.

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  • 28 September 2009 09:47, by BUSTA 2

    To hell with Zuma (Repist)

    Firt of all Zuma is repist how could he talk about Bashir yet he has not anwered the charge of reping?

    Out president will not go to a country which is being ruled by repist Zuma!!

    Brother in Christ,

    Busta 2

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    • 28 September 2009 10:09, by Aarai Baka

      To busta 2. Correction: are u tried to say rapist or different? What is repist anyway? Spell check before submitting.

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    • 28 September 2009 10:17, by Mathiang BT

      Good president Jacob, Let African leaders who are sacking money Bashir support him.
      And You Busta 2 bro in Chris, which one is better between War criminal and Rapist. Bashir is killing your brothers. I think your should be brother in Mohamad.
      good day.

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    • 28 September 2009 10:20, by Atem Angok

      you, the so called "bustas" do not know what to comment, therefore, stop the following:
      1- supporting bashir because bashir committed a lot of crimes of which rape that you accused Zuma is one of them.
      2- bashir will face JUSTICE whether you like it or not, just a matter of time.
      3- Stop using the conclusion "brother in Christ" unless you used it to abuse CHRIST whereby the Angels of the LORD will not forgive for that.

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    • 28 September 2009 10:36, by learn

      Africans are longing for true proud African leaders like the few who fought to protect us from the powers and assimilations of the West. Becoming like the West Or Arabs will never free Africans and Keep our beautiful people and cultures from loosing their sense of being.

      The major failure of this generation is their inability to recognize that there should never be anything that comes between us as Africans. That we are who we are because Our ancestors were proud of who they were and never try to give an inch to foriegners who tried to impose their identities and ideologies on them.

      it is comprehesible that Africans leaders will never be respected at the global stage untill they respects the very african people and their values they represent.

      there were in Africa, Few like Nelson Mandela,Jomo Kenyatta, Julius Nyerre, Kwame NKruma, and Dr Garang who represented their people and gave their greatness to Our Great African society. These few not only understand what it is to be African, they also attempted in their life time to bring changes that will make our continent better.

      There are very many inferior in their leaderships and many African leaders nowadays who are consummed by local identities that will never promote African Progress. Those Leaders are The enemies of Africa

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      • 28 September 2009 11:33, by Biliu

        From a perspective of an idealist, I would agree with you, but if we have to admit the truth and be realistic, you are totally out of the rail, world is not any more a place where some group, nation or clan could succeed to hide or isolate themselves from the influence of the others, the matter is …how to choose your stance when those influences emerged, I don’t think that supporting the ICC is a wired norm or stance from any African leader, we need justice and if we can give it to our people, someone has to act.

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    • 28 September 2009 11:08, by Biliu

      The influence of the Beer you drunk last night is obvious on your judgment and writing, (Repist) and (anwered) … what the hell you are trying to state here…. Your uncles almost celebrated when the former South African head of state fleshed the AU stance on the arrest, now you call Zuma a rapist because he admitted the truth which we all know about Bashir, Bashir is rapist, robber and merciless killer, have you had a look on his charges….. rape is there …. Just prepare your camels and depart to where you came from.. Africa has no place for criminals and land extorters of your kind, to hell with you all!

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    • 28 September 2009 13:04, by santino manut

      My dear enemy, you are totally wrong to commend that, Jacob is a man who does not run away from problem , he went to the court and the court found it as an alegation for him, but your leader called Omer is a coward like a fish in the water, why does he not go to the court to prove himself right and then come back to rule his country like Zuma? H.E Zuma you are a tipcal african leader stand firm and let you voice be heard, we need him cought!!!
      by Konkon

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    • 28 September 2009 18:15, by Tony Komayiit

      To BUSTA 2,

      Ooh my God ,this is another man with a stamp on his anus and buttock,did he rap your mother? if not ,is it because you have been married to Arabs son by name Ali? for how long are you going to known your right as a southerner? to hell with you dog! why did you when to Khartoum to buy a sugar and Arabs are the one who rap your mum and the sodomise you?
      you are a traitor.

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    • 29 September 2009 02:58, by tiomdit_maker

      Hello Mr. Busta.2
      You got to watch your mouth Mr. Busta2. Your comment about south africa president Jocab Zuma is not appropriate at all. Don,t just throw a word in public without reasoning. If you had nothing to say than shut the fuck up.

      President Zuma he has never rape anybody Idon,t know where did you get this shallow propaganda. Mr. Jocab Zuma He is a decent president in most of africa countries and deserved respect in this webside. Shut the fuck up and go to khartoum if you want bashir to fuck you.

      Bashir,s days are number, soon or later he would find himself in hell like his cousin saddam hussein. Fuck you man.

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  • 28 September 2009 10:37, by jalabi

    What south Africa???? is it a country or what?? It’s full of AIDS and HIV (one of the fourth highest country of HIV in the world).
    The white people delivered a fully western country to those native south African people in terms of powerfull economy, nuclear country, education, healthcare etc but look to south Africa right now!! it’s full of corruption and poverty, their economy is going backward very fast.

    Shame on you south africans,you killed your poor Africans neighbor countries people who came to your country seeking labor jobs!!

    We had a plan to build our oil pipeline (I mean our south oil) till south Africa but this plan is no longer available in our agenda anymore!

    South Africa is no more than a piece of garabage country!!

    Jalabi (Abo Jalabia)

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    • 28 September 2009 11:11, by Ajuscommando

      Congratulation to Jacob Zuma to comments that Omer Bashir must to face justice due to crime he committed it in the western region of Sudan as he used local militias and SAF to raped women, young gals, and torturing innocents civilian. I disagree with AU and others collaborators who support Omer Bashir not to face justice on War crime and crime against humanity he committed to African tribes in Dafur and I concur with world leaders like USA president and South Africa president Jacob Zuma on their courageness to speak in public without fear. In South Sudan, we Bashir spy and byes that he influence them with money and they don’t want to tell the fact while they have witness the condition facing by Dafur people. I support UN and International community to take action against Sudanese War criminals who murder thousands of Sudanese for unknown reason as they took government in 1989 through bloodsheds.

      Ajuscommando

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      • 28 September 2009 11:20, by Ajuscommando

        Correction in one word

        Congratulation to Jacob Zuma to comments that Omer Bashir must to face justice due to crime he committed it in the western region of Sudan as he used local militias and SAF to raped women, young gals, and torturing innocents civilian. I disagree with AU and others collaborators who support Omer Bashir not to face justice on War crime and crime against humanity he committed to African tribes in Dafur and I concur with world leaders like USA president and South Africa president Jacob Zuma on their courageness to speak in public without fear. In South Sudan, we have Bashir spy and byes that he influence them with money and they don’t want to tell the fact while they have witness the condition facing by Dafur people. I support UN and International community to take action against Sudanese War criminals who murder thousands of Sudanese for unknown reason as they took government in 1989 through bloodsheds.

        Ajuscommando

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    • 28 September 2009 11:19, by Biliu

      That’s the true face of the Jalabah, criminals and hypocrites, tell them the truth they will abhor you, tell them lies about their color, they will pet you on the back … what a hypocrite race ..!!!!!

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    • 28 September 2009 11:33, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      AU,should not be abuyers president Jacob Juma statement is very,very clearer.Anyone supporting this crimal Omer Bashir has contributed in the genocided which took place to the people of Darfurans,the dirty hand of Omer Bashir will be wash by ICC,where is the president of Rwanda now? Omer Bashir should follow the footmark of that president with all his allians like Nafi al Nafi,Zubeir Heissen.Osman Tahar,and other 47 members all of them are 51 in number who have contributed bitterly in the genocided of Darfur act.NO mercy for this. God help the Darfurans for their strungle for freedom from crimals.

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  • 28 September 2009 11:47, by kuminyandi

    Dear Readers,

    I like your comments. However, I have different approach to apprehend El-bashier.

    You see, these countries who want to arrest El-bashier should not declare their intentions to arrest him til he set his feet on thier lands.

    These countries should remained and maintained confidentiality about the warrant until he got there first. By letting El-bashier know in advance about his arrest, they are doing him a great favor instead.

    El-bashier is not stupid enough to travels to country that warned him about his apprehension.

    If these countries are keeping warning El-bashier in advance, then is going to take years before they apprehend him.

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    • 28 September 2009 12:19, by DASODIKO

      I think this is a right step from the people of South Africa to pressure their democratic government to have clear stand. We have been following with extensive care the latest development, where all human rights activists and civil society organizations wrote a clear memo asking their government to stand on the side of rule of law that South Africa struggled for than to stand on the sides of the dictators.

      The rainbow Nation of South Africa you are a great nation in Africa. People of Darfur and Sudan in general will not forget this at all, You are the poineer of Africa GOD BLESS YOU and President Zuma and GO CURSE THE ARAB TRIBESMAN BEN MBEKI. Amen

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      • 28 September 2009 12:45, by Dinkamoi

        You guys are sometime mad club and bunch of lunatics. President Jacob Zuma is stating the position or the stand of South African government since they signatory to the Rome Statue. Any Country has a right to arrest the international criminal Omer el Beshir and this include Southern Sudan where the interpol have place a warrant.

        HIV/AIDS is not for South Africa or for Zuma. Yes Zuma accepted to have committed sex with the woman believed to be HIV/AIDS positive and the court acquitted Zuma and he was elected President of South Africa, therefore, it is non of our business to question the HIV/AIDS status of Jacob. Busta and Jalaba politely could you please be realistic and shut up if you ran bankrupt in your reasoning?

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        • 28 September 2009 16:56, by wkuanyin

          Hi Zuma you are great leader and true African ,The so called Basher must the court to free himself to ICC.My friend Baser go to south Africa if you are really extrimist of Islam .You will not escape death like Shadam Of Iraq your days are numbered

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          • 28 September 2009 18:12, by Lokorai

            Mr. President Zuma,

            Its a shame for you to do this to the head of our people; you are just not being sensible and only bowing to America push.

            South Africa should have been an example and not stooge, stop talking like that. President Al Bashir arrest will come from Sudan not from anywhere, you are wrong!

            Mr. Wkuanyin, don’t celebrate or wish someone death, its not good. God bless you.

            Lokorai

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  • 28 September 2009 18:57, by mohammed osman

    this only thing i agrees with this africans about the arrests of omar bashir, the man he is a number one criminals, however south sudan has to seprate now to avoids more problems and wars. south african president can you please make sure that omar bashir is hanged also when arrested. i am a jaaleya man but i do not put up with this criminalisation of our society by this bashir.

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    • 28 September 2009 20:51, by Dr. Chui

      It is shameless to anyone of the Sudanese to aggree on the Arrest warrant given the The Head of State Mr Omer El Bashiir. Don’t you all know that this is a politic and will remain in the history of the World. We only need to make pleasant Histories like The President of the United States Of America, Mr Barack Obama. Instead, why not focus on the comming election and the outcome from the current meeting underway in Juba. We firstly need to Elect the new head on the State then prosecute the man accordingly. Even if we know that he is among the Terrorist let stand behind him rescue the situation before it get worse.

      cheers! Dr. Chui

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      • 29 September 2009 05:42, by tiomdit_maker

        Dr. Chui,
        Don,t let people misquot you about this donkey president al bashir. Please ,please stop supporting him.
        No one in this webside can agree with you.

        He is a criminal and has to face his own risk.Bashir become awar criminal since. When the south and north sudan at war.

        The bible say gives the devile his due. He is a devile not president. Thank for understanding.

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        • 29 September 2009 06:22, by Dr. Chui

          Dear Tiomdit

          You are right, but the fact remain the same. If we want to be a sound country in this world then why can weigh a cold against this criminal of our country. As I said before, if we accept this move from the ICC at this stage then we have fallen to the end in this world of politics. The bible is right, "Give Caeser what belong to him". But if we look back, You cann’t do this while he is currently the head of the country but still will face the same consequences after Election. Trust me the world is after Sudan for different purpose, some relates to the Bible prophecies and others relates to land of Sudan. Therefore We should act with caution. We are not dogs, that is given a bone and think that will be the goodness of life; While it has been given the rubbish. Open your mind Chidren of Sudan of What happened in other parts of the world. For example in Irag, did Saddam Hessan have any Weapon of Mass distruction at the end, no!. The aim was just to destroy the Government of Iraq and Exploit the land and its people. This is the same tactics that is beeing drammatise on Sudan. Well Sudan will eventually Discipline Mr President with either to death or life behind bars for He is countable for it. But opinion is opinion to my friends who are on this social website. think about it and return your ideas back to me

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  • 29 September 2009 04:05, by Samson Shawel Ambaye

    God be with ICC UNSC and Government of SA. Right Honorable President Jacob Zuma is Saint. God is with you. International community is with you for siding with poorest victims of Darfur. Incapability of AU to cooperate with ICC is because leaders of AU who opposed ICC are afraid of being tried and arrested by ICC for similar crimes they have committed against their citizens.

    God be with ICC UNSC Government of SA.

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  • 29 September 2009 06:49, by Johnny

    Just one step away from prison

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