Last respects paid to Hammerl

2011-07-02 14:00
Johannesburg - Family and friends attending the memorial service of slain South African photographer Anton Hammerl gathered under bare winter trees in Parktown North, Johannesburg on Saturday.

His wife Penny Sukhraj travelled to South Africa to attend his memorial service at His People Christian Church, with their daughter Aurora and two sons Neo and Hiro.

Over a hundred people came to pay their last respects.

Pastor Roger Pearce said Hammerl showed grace and was committed to truth.

"Anton was a gift to us all."

Avusa editor-in-chief, Mondli Makhanya would later deliver a tribute to Hammerl.

Hammerl, who held dual South African and Austrian citizenship, was covering the conflict in Libya when he was shot by militia loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi near the town of Brega.

According to American journalists Clare Gillis and James Foley and Spanish photographer Manu Brabo, Hammerl was left to die in the desert after the three were arrested.

He was shot on April 5, but news of his death surfaced more than six weeks later, when the three journalists were released and told his wife they saw him being shot.

South Africa accused the Libyan government of lying about Hammerl, after it assured officials he was safe, even though it knew he had been killed.

President Jacob Zuma asked Gaddafi, during discussions in May, to help locate Hammerl's remains.

Read more on:    anton hammerl  |  mondli makhanya  |  jacob zuma  |  muammar gaddafi  |  libya  |  libya protests  |  north africa  |  uprisings

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