Statement by the International Criminal Court on the passing of Nelson Mandela
The International Criminal Court (ICC) joins with the people of South Africa, the African Continent and as well as the international community in mourning the passing of Mr Nelson Mandela, former President of the Republic of South Africa and a global voice for justice and equality.
It was on 17 July 1998, during Mr Mandela’s Presidency, that South Africa became one of the first ten signatories of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. “We have sought to ensure that the ICC is guaranteed independence and bestowed with adequate powers. Our own continent has suffered enough horrors emanating from the inhumanity of human beings towards human beings. Who knows, many of these might not have occurred, or at least been minimised, had there been an effectively functioning International Criminal Court”, he said.