AFRICANGLOBE – Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is the only African leader who “holds the continent together” and still “pushes for an African agenda”.
Malema was speaking in Braamfontein on Thursday afternoon where he discussed President Jacob Zuma’s handling of the Omar al-Bashir debacle.
The Sudanese president was allowed to slip out of South Africa despite a court interdict barring him from leaving.
Al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide and crimes against humanity.
Malema says Mugabe is the only African president who makes decisions in the interest of the entire continent without apologising for them.
“We may not agree with him on this or that issue but on a broader perspective, he’s the man that represents the kind of Africa we want… An Africa where Africans own their land and their economy.”
Meanwhile, Government announced last week it intends appealing the High Court judgment which found its failure to arrest al-Bashir was unconstitutional.
Government said the reasons for its appeal against the al-Bashir ruling will be contained in the filing affidavit which was due for submission.
A full bench led by Gauteng judge president Dunstan Mlambo slammed government for allowing the Sudanese dictator to flee the country, in direct contravention of a court order.
He was in South Africa last month to attend the African Union Summit in Sandton.
Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe announced at the post cabinet briefing that government believed that the ICC acted in bad faith.
He said on the weekend that al-Bashir arrived in the country; the government had entered into negotiations with the ICC in respect of executing the warrant of arrest.
Radebe said without those negotiations concluding, the prosecutor obtained an ICC order compelling the government to act.
While government has made this revelation, it was never presented in court when the matter was being opposed.
By: Mia Lindique