ANC aligning itself with progressive forces – analyst

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It has been clear that the ANC is now aligning itself with the world’s progressive forces.

This statement was made by North West University’s political analyst Andre Duvenhage. His analysis referred to the ANC’s announcement over the weekend that it wanted South Africa to begin the process of withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC) because it believed the ICC has lost its direction.

Duvenhage said it is evident that the ANC is aligning with countries who don’t have human rights track record such as Russia, China, Cuba and Iran, among others. According to him, this will reflect negatively on South Africa’s international trade relations with western countries, which is very important for the country.

“It will be interesting to see how this decision outplays within the African continent, because it is now clear that we are supporting Omar al Bashir. Even though we know that Omar al Bashir, according to records, was responsible for many killings throughout Africa over a long period of time,” he said.