No progress in search for Hammerl remains

2011-06-21 15:30

Johannesburg - No progress has been made in the search for SA photographer Anton Hammerl's remains in Libya, a family spokesperson said on Tuesday.

"The situation is that the South Africans are with the Libyans, but there's been no progress. They have made it a priority, but there hasn't been a breakthrough," family friend Bronwyn Friedlander told Sapa from the United Kingdom, where Hammerl's wife lives.

"It's quite clear that it's not going to happen overnight."

Hammerl, who held dual South African and Austrian citizenship, was covering the conflict in Libya when he was shot by militia loyal to Libyan leader 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 arrived 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 last month to help locate Hammerl's remains.

The Star reported on Tuesday that the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team has offered to help analyse Hammerl's DNA if his body was found, because the Libyans might not have the facilities to extract DNA from bone.

A memorial service for Hammerl was planned for July 2 in Johannesburg.

  • McDaNife - 2011-06-21 15:37

    If Hammerl was an american god save the Libyans coz the americans would have bombed Libya by now.

      Mswati - 2011-06-21 15:42

      Let Australia bomb Lybia as he was their citizen

      Newsferret - 2011-06-21 15:47

      @ Mswati - Hammerl was born Austrian not Australian

      zulufox - 2011-06-21 15:48

      And BTW McDaNife, isn't america already bombing libya?

      anna - 2011-06-21 15:49

      Mswati, he was Austrian ...

      zulufox - 2011-06-21 15:49

      well he was not, he was a working class austrian with family in south africa...

      Rinus Eckard - 2011-06-21 15:49

      That's Austria - NOT Australia. A world's difference. The one is a continent and the other in Europe. In any case - he had DUAL citizenship - making him as much South African as Austrian.

      CorbZA - 2011-06-21 15:54

      Don't comment if you don't know the story. American journalists have died in the Libyan conflict.

      Kristi10 - 2011-06-21 16:03

      He had Austrian and SA passports... dual citizenship and his wife is South African

      Mswati - 2011-06-21 16:05

      Whethere Austria or or Australia who cares, he is in hell with his grand mother enjoying Oumas rusks

      WC Republic - 2011-06-21 16:20

      Mswati you little piggy

      Mswati - 2011-06-21 16:23

      Proudly piggy

      Jeffrey Jones - 2011-06-21 17:07

      @Rinus Eckard, Australia is a country, the continent is Australasia

  • sabito.shoti - 2011-06-21 15:38

    what about Austria?

      Mswati - 2011-06-21 16:24

      They did nothing so far

      Jonathan - 2011-06-21 17:04

      This needs to clarity. He had both SA and Austrian citizenship and had both countires passports which is legitimate: being born in Austria and a naturalised South African (he grew up here). Secondly, the AUstrian government is also working on extracting his body but given South Africa's role in trying to mediate the conflict, we have more influence (read chance) of getting his remains back to South Africa to give the family closure; so that they may bury a son. It is an issue of humanity and caring for wife that has lost a husband and two small children that have lost a father. Finally, he was in Libya because he was a conflict photojournalist and hence was working bringing us info about the conflict. But I ask people to have some respect for the deceased it is only right. Apologies to replying to you Sabito but I felt it the best area to clear up comments.

  • Newsferret - 2011-06-21 15:45

    In that chaos sadly his remains will never be found - thank you Gaddafi you stink.

      musdef - 2011-06-21 17:30

      @Newsferret, you mean Nato?

  • Blaq - 2011-06-21 15:45

    agg shame really, what was he doing there in the 1st place. Last time i check he wasn't staying here no more propably running away because the crime in SA. daa''' look a you now.

      CorbZA - 2011-06-21 15:55

      Obvious troll is obvious.

      WC Republic - 2011-06-21 16:22

      Yeah it's safer in a war zone than here in Mzanzi

  • nws - 2011-06-21 15:50

    i sorry to say but they will never find his body due to the fact that the desert shift their sands

      zulufox - 2011-06-21 15:58

      wow... hooray, you are so smart... our resident geologist... want a Bells?

      CorbZA - 2011-06-21 15:59

      Namibian much?

      mamakalami - 2011-06-21 16:09

      Nws - now there we go - case closed - the geologist has spoken. The sand will not be in the same spot anymore.

      Mswati - 2011-06-21 16:12

      Good point nws

  • Moipone Bokaba - 2011-06-21 16:05

    All that i can think of is what the family is going through, losing a husband, a father brother, uncle and friend is no pap en vleis regardless of the circumstances. What matters is that a life was lost and it may not be precious to you but it was precious to those who loved him. I pray that his body is found so that his family can bury him and make peace with his passing. If he is not found i pray that the Lord gives them the strength to find closure. God bless his family Amen.

      nws - 2011-06-21 16:10

      the problem is our so called leaders doesn't gives a ratsass about Anton but he will always be remembered as an outstanding journalist

      morentebo - 2011-06-21 16:10

      Oh Amen sorry ,forgot to close my eyes

      Mswati - 2011-06-21 16:14

      NWS, remembered by who?

      Kristi10 - 2011-06-21 16:30

      Anton was a great photo journalist and person.

      Mswati - 2011-06-21 16:36

      Was that some of his hobbies?

      Mswati - 2011-06-21 17:01

      @shortcut, leave the ANC out of this as I was thaught by you how to troll

  • TRiP - 2011-06-21 16:41

    The ANC must have let all the trolls off early today.

      TRiP - 2011-06-21 16:45

      actually - the ANC must have given them extra time to free range their utter moronic filth on News24. I pity them, they are terribly sad sad people. I look forward to the death of one of their comrades in the not too distant future so that I can spew my filthy sentiments on them, see how they like that.

      Mswati - 2011-06-21 16:48

      A taxi driver died yesterday and trolled without any sympathy or empathy why not do the same today. Actully good riddance, I hope a few more to follow.

      morentebo - 2011-06-21 16:52

      they hate me for saying the same thing ,a white man dies ,we have to cry, a taxi driver gets shot it's hooray to them

      shortcut - 2011-06-21 16:52

      these trolls actually work for the ANC social media team (in a =n actual office). they were appointed just before the municipal elections. many were let go straight after elections but i see they are hiring again. Some of the others are abvuously retarded children trying to be hard. We need to start a trend of completely ignoring them. And News24 is losing credibility with all the crap they allow through the filters.

      gargmelsmurfeater - 2011-06-21 17:15

      @Mswati - because of people like you there has already been two jobs lost (maybe your mother) I will not have a SA maid or gardener. It may be a demeaning job to you, but for them it is the means to feed their children. They can thank people like you for me not employing any South Africans. My Zimbabwean gardener is way better than any South African who has ever worked for me. And by the way he has a degree in economics, that is what following dictators like Mugabe will get you....

      Jonathan - 2011-06-22 10:25

      Many comments relating to the unjustness of Anton Hammerl being killed in Libya and everyone talks of his death yet South Africans die here and it does not get the attention. I would agree that this is seemingly unfair but one needs to acknowledge the news worthiness of the Hammerl death as opposed to that of an anonymous taxi driver. Whether that is fair and right I am not talking to, merely explaining why we are left with this sort skewed perspective.

  • Heks - 2011-06-21 16:44

    Riflewemu... Austria and Australia are worlds apart Dumbass!

      Mswati - 2011-06-21 16:51

      We all know that and correctr her does not make you intelligent moron.

      gargmelsmurfeater - 2011-06-21 17:04

      @Mswati - It does not make him a moron, it does make you one though...

  • Liberated - 2011-06-21 16:50

    Pre'94 our parents, brothers and sisters were killed and we never got their bodies - no one ever pushed the governemnt to give us their bodies. Was it because it was black folks? If government is going to continue looking for Haammerl's body then maybe I should go and request them to find the remains of my relatives that were massacared during the white rule.

      Jeffrey Jones - 2011-06-21 17:11

      "Pre'94 our parents, brothers and sisters were killed and we never got their bodies" Who gives a rat's a*rse whether you got their bodies or not?

      Mswati - 2011-06-21 17:33

      He will be a fossil in the desert

      musdef - 2011-06-21 17:36

      THANK you!!!

      Jonathan - 2011-06-22 10:21

      You can actually request that Government assits in locating the remains of your lost relatives if they were killed outside of South Africa's borders and possibly inside if they were killed by ojne of the secret agencies- if the perpetrator admitted to the crime and revealed the grave (TRC). Should the state be able to locate remains outside of South Africa they do return them to SA and they are remembered at Freedom Park (in Tshwane). Perhpas, you should try an research this if you want the remains repatriated. Naturally, it is assumed that those killed within South Africa in the various mass uprisings were killed openly and their families have already seen to them recieving the dignity in death that they wree denied in life. Just a thought...

  • gargmelsmurfeater - 2011-06-21 17:01

    Mswati, you are the reason most people think of black people as they do. Live up to your reputation my friend, you are the only ones to suffer because of it. Does it make you proud to prove Verwoerd right?

      Mswati - 2011-06-21 17:18

      Hi! You have raised valid points but it is too late to change my mind set. A taxi driver was killed and nobody including you showed respect.

      Mswati - 2011-06-21 17:25

      Go to hell and come back to tell us how is it over there.

      gargmelsmurfeater - 2011-06-21 17:36

      And how many people has that taxi driver killed with his un-roadworthy taxi?

      musdef - 2011-06-21 17:37

      @gargmelsmurfeater, do you own a brain?

      gargmelsmurfeater - 2011-06-21 17:39

      And no. I do not believe in superstitions. Hell is for the uninformed...

      gargmelsmurfeater - 2011-06-21 17:49

      @Musdef - Yes I have a brain, and I know that most of the deaths in SA is caused by unroadworthy taxis.

  • Christos - 2011-06-21 17:14

    Hey people this is sound like a joke , how can a person have dual citezenship .

      Kristi10 - 2011-06-21 17:30

      Easy my husband has (UK and SA) my mother-law has and I know may others who do... Where you are born, parents etc. determines if you can qualify.

      gargmelsmurfeater - 2011-06-21 17:41

      Dumb is as dumb does...

  • missmazwi - 2011-06-21 17:52

    The poor guy's remains are strewn somewhere in the desert. R.I.P Anton.

      Mswati - 2011-06-21 18:19

      Maybe we should vote for the DA in 2014, they will bring the dry bones back to the museum perhaps.

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