Hammerl still alive, says minister

2011-05-12 07:28

South African photographer Anton Hammerl who has been in captivity in Libya for about six weeks now, is still alive, The Star reported.

Responding to a question whether the South African government had proof Hammerl was still alive, International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said “yes”.

“I think what is very critical is to make sure that he remains safe, but also that we safely bring him back home,” she said.

Nkoana-Mashabane said the South African government was in contact regularly with the Libyan government. She would not provide details.

“We believe that in a situation of political crisis, which has reached the scale of civil war, the more details you give the media, the more you risk exposing him to danger.”

Hammerl went missing on April 5 while covering a rebel uprising in Libya.

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