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22 March 2018 21:38 (South Africa)

ICC: At hearings, South Africa seeks clarity on Rome Statute

  • Carien du Plessis
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    Carien du Plessis

    Jill of all trades but really, mistress of none, Carien has of late been a political tourist chasing elections and summits in various parts of the world, especially in Africa. 

    After spending her student days at political rallies in South Africa right through the country's first democratic elections in 1994, and after an extended working holiday in London, Carien started working for newspapers full-time in 2003. She's pretty much had her share of reporting on South African politics, attending gatherings and attracting trolls, but still finds herself attracted to it like a moth to a veld fire. 

    Her ultimate ambition in life is to become a travelling chocolate writer of international fame.

Photo: A file picture dated 23 November 2015 shows the new home of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands.  EPA/MARTIJN BEEKMAN

While you were sleeping: 20 March 2018

By John Stupart
All Photos: Conservation Action Trust

Born Free Foundation: SA support for lion bones trade is damaging its image

By Don Pinnock

Demonstrators display Japanese martial arts at the Japanese Embassy's 100 year anniversary 'Japan Day' event in Stellenbosch, 17 March 2018.

While you were sleeping: 19 March 2018

By John Stupart
Photo: Pro-refugees protesters rally outside the Immigration Office in Brisbane, Australia, 05 February 2016. The protest comes days after a High Court ruling that paves the way for 267 asylum seekers, including babies, to be deported to Nauru. Photo: EPA/Dan Peled

Op-Ed: Why Australia’s offer of humanitarian protection to white SA farmers is distasteful and smacks of racism

By Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh

Young people march from the White House to Capitol Hill while participating in the national school walkout over gun violence, in Washington, DC, USA, 14 March 2018.

While you were sleeping: 16 March 2018

By John Stupart
By Leila Dougan

President Cyril Ramaphosa faces questions in Parliament on Wednesday during his first quarterly question session since being sworn in, 14 March 2018.

While you were sleeping: 15 March 2018

By John Stupart
Photo: Evelyn Groenink (Jacana)

Keeping the Dream Alive: Evelyn Groenink on the unfinished business of South African democracy

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump with Houston Astros right fielder Josh Reddick during a ceremony to honour the 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 12 March 2018. EPA-EFE/SHAWN THEW

US: Absolute chaos corrupts absolutely – Trumpty Dumpty style

By J Brooks Spector

Filipino informal settlers seen living next to a canal filled with garbage in Manila, Philippines, 12 March 2018.

While you were sleeping: 13 March 2018

By John Stupart

The long shadow of the Arms Deal: The murders of Dulcie September, Anton Lubowski and Chris Hani

By Evelyn Groenink
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks before signing a presidential proclamation on steel and aluminium tariffs, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 08 March 2018. EPA-EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

US: As the TrumpWorld Turns, Donald scores a hat-trick

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt (C) shouts at his players warming up prior to the first international Test match between Ireland and South Africa at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa 11 June 2016. Photo: EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Rugby: What the Springboks can learn from Joe Schmidt’s Ireland turnaround

By Antoinette Muller

People carry a banner 'Feminism Always Ultras' during the Women's Fight Demo in Berlin, Germany, 08 March 2018. Marches on the occasion of the International Women's Day took place throughout Germany in over twenty cities.

While you were sleeping: 9 March 2018

By John Stupart

News24 #GuptaLeaks: The Guptas and the high-altitude hijack

By News24
Photo: Italian former prime minister and leader of ‘Forza Italia’ party Silvio Berlusconi (C) at the hotel Vesuvio in Naples, Italy, 03 March 2018. EPA-EFE/CIRO FUSCO

Grand Cycles of History: The Age of Populist Dystopia

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shake hands during a press conference at the Great Hall of the People (GHOP) in Beijing, China, 09 November 2017. Photo: EPA-EFE/ROMAN PILIPEY

ISS Today: US and China inch towards awkward co-operation in Africa

BY Leila Dougan

DA Leader Mmusi Maimane and Premier Helen Zille at the Democratic Alliance offices in Cape Town. Maimane says Day Zero will not happen in 2018.

While you were sleeping: 8 March 2018

By John Stupart
Photo: An injured child is comforted by an unidentified person as he arrives to receive first aid after shelling in Douma, eastern Ghouta, Syria, 08 February 2018. EPA-EFE/MOHAMMED BADRA

Syria: Ramaphosa government pressured by activists to take a moral stand

Photo: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) walks with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu (2-R) upon his arrival at the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 07 March 2018. Tillerson is visiting Ethiopia on his first official tour of Africa before travelling to Chad, Djibouti, Kenya and Nigeria. EPA-EFE/STR

Op-Ed: US Secretary Tillerson’s visit unlikely to cut much ice with African Leaders

By Johnnie Carson
Photo: NPA head Shaun Abrahams (EPA)

The Age of Abrahams: As the Guptas fled SA, investigating team went on holiday

By Marianne Thamm
By Leila Dougan

Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane answers tough questions related to the Vrede dairy project investigation by Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services in Parliament, 6 March 2018.

While you were sleeping: 7 March 2018

By John Stupart
Photo: Illustrative photo taken in Mount Sinabung, Indonesia, Unsplash. Photo: Yosh Ginsu

Toba Super Eruption: More bang than an apocalyptic ash cloud?

By Shaun Smillie
Photo: Palestinian refugees leaving the Galilee in October-November 1948. Front cover of The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem by Benny Morris.

Op-Ed: In memory of the Nakba – the destruction of a unified Palestinian society

By Ran Greenstein
Photo: White helmet volunteer carries an injured boy to an ambulance after bombing, in the rebel-held Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Syria, 22 February 2018. EPA-EFE/MOHAMMED BADR

Right of Reply: South Africa’s commitment to human rights remains intact

By Clayson Monyela
Photo: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) talks to Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, 30 September 2017. EPA-EFE/ANDY WONG / POOL

China slaps down US claim that it’s pushing Africa into debt

Photo: Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Donald Yamamoto, 25 October 2011. Photo: EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

Tillerson's Travels: US mum on SA land expropriation question


Sam Rockwell, winner of the Best Supporting Actor Award for 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri,' Frances McDormand, winner of the Best Actress for 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri,' Allison Janney, winner of the Best Actress in a Supporting Role Award for 'I, Tonya', and Gary Oldman, winner of Best Actor for 'Darkest Hour' pose in the press room during the 90th annual Academy Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, USA, 04 March 2018.

While you were sleeping: 6 March 2018

By John Stupart
Photo of a wandering albatross by Don Pinnock

Op-Ed: Travellers of the wind and the curse of nurdles

By Don Pinnock
Photo: Ayman Odeh, head of the Joint List, a political alliance of four Arab-dominated parties, speaks to his party supporters after the first results of the polls for the Israeli general elections closed, in the Northern Arab city of Nazareth, Israel, 17 March 2015. EPA/ATEF SAFADI

Israeli Arab politicians visiting SA underscore the complexities of the Knesset

By J Brooks Spector