SA 'waited too long' to condemn Gaddafi
Cape Town - The government waited too long to condemn Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's oppression of a popular uprising against his 41-year-old regime, the Inkatha Freedom Party said on Monday.
"South Africa should not have waited until it was pressurised into issuing a strong condemnation of Libya's military forces, and... the wholesale brutal suppression and killing of pro-democracy protesters in Libya," IFP foreign affairs spokesperson Ben Skosana said.
"South Africa has a historically justifiable reason to be among the first countries to condemn these atrocities.
"The fact that the governing ANC has a historical relationship with Libya should not cause a free and democratic South Africa to abandon its hard won democratic culture.
"The Libyan rulers ought to be stopped from this unbridled massacre of their own people."
South Africa at the weekend voted in favour of a UN Security Council arms embargo against Libya and financial and trade sanctions against Gaddafi and his inner circle.
Libyan security forces have cracked down on protests that started nearly two weeks ago against Gaddafi's regime. The unrest has killed at least 1 000 people and set off a "humanitarian emergency", according to the United Nations.