South Africa 3.7.2015 06:00 am

Bashir could leave ‘due to rejection fear’ – ANC

Minister of Small Business Development Lindiwe Zulu (L) looks on as  ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe speaks at a  media briefing.  File Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Minister of Small Business Development Lindiwe Zulu (L) looks on as ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe speaks at a media briefing. File Picture: Nigel Sibanda

The ANC says Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was allowed to “skip away” because South Africa feared to be rejected on the continent.

“If we arrested Bashir we would not go anywhere in Africa,” ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe told delegates at the ANC-led alliance’s international symposium in Braamfontein yesterday. The event was attended by the Cuban 5.

“We will be here at home. We will be rejected by everybody on the continent,” he said.

This after the International Criminal Court issued two arrest warrants for Bashir.

Mantashe urged the Cuban 5 to pray for South Africa, saying the country was in a no-win situation.

“We are in a no-win situation. We don’t arrest him, we are breaking the law. We arrest him, we are in trouble.”

He added that is why South Africa had to make a difficult decision and allow Bashir to “escape.”

“You must make difficult choices,” Mantashe said.

The Secretary General said the struggle for Cuba was not over because the United States’ blockade was still in place.

“The blockade must go. It is wrong, it is illegal and inhumane. Cuba must control its own territory,” he said.

The blockade is a commercial, economic, and financial embargo imposed by the US.

Mantashe called on Cuba to trade with South Africa.

“We have a duty to develop Cuba into that trading partner,” Mantashe said.

“We must trade with Cuba unashamedly.”

Mantashe also said the country had a duty to pledge solidarity with the people of Palestine.

 

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