The principles that South Africa applies in arriving at its foreign policy decisions are not always clear.
Both the Pretoria high court and the International Criminal Court face a key test of credibility after al-Bashir's free passage.
The defence force rejected reports that South African National Defence Force troops in Darfur were threatened to prevent the arrest of Omar al-Bashir.
The whereabouts of Sudanese President Al-Bashir were still not known on Monday morning, more than 12 hours since the first report that he had left SA.
ICC Prosecutor says the UN Security Council made no effort to end the conflict in Sudan, making it difficult to investigate.
Omar al-Bashir has been named as a possible candidate for the presidential elections despite doubts he would stand again.
Meriam Ibrahim, whose death sentence was overturned after international outcry, has arrived with her husband and two children in Italy.
The Christian woman whose apostasy death sentence was overturned is doing well after the US embassy in Khartoum gave the family refuge.
Meriam Ibrahim has been rearrested with her husband and two children at Khartoum airport a day after the appeal court ordered her release.
Meriam Ibrahim, who was imprisoned for marrying a Christian and sentenced to 100 lashes and hanging for apostasy, has been released.
A Christian Sudanese woman sentenced to death for apostasy has given birth in jail, effectively giving her a two-year reprieve to nurse her child.
Gas-rich Qatar says it will contribute to the Darfur Development Strategy, which aims to help the war-devastated region become more self-reliant.
An activist said the event was denied despite President Omar al-Bashir's vow that freedoms should be respected.
The UN's World Food Programme says about 20 000 people have been displaced by fresh unrest in Sudan's Darfur region.
An Ethiopian teenager who says she was raped by seven men last August, now faces a possible sentence of death by stoning.
A report says state authorities have either turned a blind eye or colluded with perpetrators in the kidnapping and abuse of Eritrean refugees.
Civil war looms after rebels spurn a proposal to end the violence raging across South Sudan.
Thousands of African refugees have gone on strike against the Israeli government's "criminalisation" and "dehumanisation" of asylum seekers.
Delegates from South Sudan's warring factions are expected to meet for talks in the Ethiopian capital on Sunday.