Zuma heading to Libya

2011-05-25 08:59

President Jacob Zuma will visit Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi “for a discussion” next week, his office said today.

He will first travel to Nigeria at the weekend to attend the inauguration of president-elect Goodluck Jonathan.

“From Nigeria, President Zuma will stop over in Tripoli for a discussion with Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, on the 30th of May, in his capacity as a member of the African Union high level panel for the resolution of the conflict in Libya,” presidential spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said in a statement.

The South African government and the ANC publicly slammed the Libyan government last week following the news of the death of photographer Anton Hammerl, who had dual South African-Austrian nationality.

South Africa accused Libya of lying, saying it had known all along that Hammerl had been shot dead on April 5, but despite this kept reassuring officials that he was safe. 

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