There was no official confirmation that Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir has left the country, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Monday.
The government’s lawyer, William Mokhari, SC, told the court that it was not clear if his name was on the list of officials who boarded a plane to Sudan, which reportedly took off from Waterkloof airport on Monday morning.
This while Al Jazeera News quoted a Sudanese information minister on Monday morning saying that Al-Bashir was “coming back to our country in one or two hours”.
Waterkloof airport does not have immigration officials full-time, said Mokhari.
Mokhari was speaking at an application by the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) for the court to issue an order for the arrest by Al-Bashir.
He is wanted by the International Criminal Court to stand trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity committed in Darfur which left 300 000 dead.
He arrived in the country on Saturday for a two-day African Union summit in Johannesburg that ends on Monday.
On Sunday, Judge Hans Fabricius ordered that the Department of Home Affairs ensure that all points of entry and exit be informed that al-Bashir is not allowed to leave until the SA Litigation Centre’s (SALC) application that South Africa arrest him, is concluded.