"South Africa Faced a Dilemna": #alBashir
An aircraft using the call sign Sudan 01 took off from the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria at 11:46am today while the High Court in Pretoria was deliberating over whether or a warrant of arrest should be issued for Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir. Chair of African Diplomacy at the University of Johannesburg, Dr Chris Landsberg explains the dilemna South Africa was facing in dealing with today's events.
Landsberg who is also a Professor of Politics at the University of Johannesburg explains that South Africa faced the issue of it's loyalty to Africa, and it's aspirations to transform the United Nations Security Council in addressing the issue of President Al-Bashir's presence in the country, in light of the warrant of arrest against him for crimes against humanity.
South Africa's foreign policy is trapped between African solidarity, because that's where it's status derives from (it's role in Africa) on the one hand and the lofty principles and values of it's Constitution. It was a matter of time that we would be caught out - you see it's a matter of time that you would be caught out, it's one thing to deny the Dalai Lama a VISA while he's abroad but when you have the President on your shore then you have to act.Dr Chris Landsberg, Chair of African Diplomacy at the University of Johannesburg
Landsberg later emphatically stated that the South African government suffers from being reactive and suggested that if the country's leaders had honestly addressed it's partners about the dilemna it was facing regarding this issue ahead of the drama that's erupted over the past two days - most of the tension could have been avoided.
What South Africa should have done this time around is to engage the ICC, even the UN Security Council way in advance to say listen "I don't have a choice as to who attends this summit" - we might be the physical host but we don't have the right to decide who we can invite and disinvite- so President al-Bashir didn't act on our invitation, if we had refused him, many other African states would have boycotted leavig us with a sham of an AU Summit.Dr Chris Landsberg, Chair of African Diplomacy at the University of Johannesburg
Listen to Dr Landsberg's entire analysis below: