Ahmad Faqi Mahdi was convicted by the ICC, with war crimes for ordering the demolition of 10 historic monuments in 2012 in Timbuktu.
The Boko Haram rebellion has killed 20,000 people and forced some 2.7 million to flee their homes in the last eight years.
Islamist militants have killed over 100 UN peacekeepers in Mali, making Mali the most deadly of its 16 global peacekeeping operations.
As locals tried to recover bodies from the rubble and mud with their bare hands the number of casualties was expected to rise.
Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf arrived in SA on Thursday for a State visit in contribution to strengthening intra-trade relations.
Nervous times for leaders of South Africa, Mauritania, Rwanda and Kenya as they hold on to power
African football watchers see Tunisia and Congo DR as the favourites to grab the one ticket from the group to Russia 2018.
Smugglers left people in Tenere desert in past months