Here’s what is happening in and affecting South Africa today :
- South Africa is withdrawing from the International Criminal Court according to document published on Thursday.
Once acknowledged by the UN, the exit process will take 1 year. South Africa said it would leave the ICC last year, after it was criticised for ignoring a court order to arrest Sudanese President, Omar Hassan al-Bashir – accused of genocide and war crimes – when he visited the country last year.
- The FeesMustFall protests are expected to impact over 1 million matriculants who are at risk of losing placement at tertiary institutes across the country.
Following weeks of violent clashes between students and security, some campuses have shut down completely, making it impossible for students to complete their academic year. At UCT, some faculties will complete their work in a ‘mini-semester’ in January 2017.
- Several cabinet ministers, including Aaron Motsoaledi, Derek Hanekom, Thulas Nxesi and Joe Phaahla have given their full support to finance minister Pravin Gordhan, following a Cabinet meeting last week.
According to Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, the decision for Cabinet to support Gordhan was unanimous with ‘a few exceptions’. The NPA charges against Gordhan have split the ANC. with pro-Zuma factions being less supportive of the minister.
- Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has taken up the position of chairwoman of social justice in Stellenbosch University’s law faculty, the institute announced, where she will engage in teaching and research.
Meanwhile, her successor, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane says that, while she will focus on the poor during her tenure, the state capture report will still take priority once the court has ruled on its release.
- Rand valuation.
South Africa’s rand weakened, reflecting a firmer dollar after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said the bank had not discussed ending or extending its asset-buying programme when it met on Thursday. On Friday the rand was trading at R13.91 to the dollar, R17.04 to the pound and R15.18 to the euro.