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SA will not ask Gaddafi to resign

2011-03-10 16:23

Cape Town - The South African government has no intention of calling on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to resign, Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim said on Thursday.

Responding to a question in the National Council of Provinces, he said government had condemned the use of force by Gaddafi.

"Government has not called for the resignation of the Libyan leader as it subscribes to the international principle of non-intervention in the domestic affairs of other countries."

Asked what government's view was on establishing a so-called no-fly zone over Libya - a plan currently under discussion among various Western countries - he said no action should be taken against Libya that did not have United Nations Security Council support.

"There are lots of opinions internationally as to whether such a move would be effective, whether it would contribute to stopping the violence, and a resolution of the conflict. So the matter is neither here nor there.

"We have not been asked to express any opinion, we are not involved... but we feel that any action that is taken against Libya should have the endorsement of the UN Security Council, and we would not encourage unilateral action outside the UN Security Council," he said.

Comments
  • Mosquito1 - 2011-03-10 16:29

    Smart move by the SA government just in case they are asked to resign one of these days as well.

      Rob - 2011-03-10 17:29

      It's the blind leading the blind. Our guvvamunt is SO uneducated its scary. And it shows.

      Zanu - 2011-03-11 06:13

      ANC supports Gaddafi, Hamas, Mubarak & Iran... in fact they support any leader or Government that treats humans (even their own) like filth... this is because they know all to well, that when our "black" electorate realises what the ANC is about today (self-enrichment), and they lose their first election democratically, they will turn to Terrorist and crazy leaders to secure the future of their leadership & their "net worth" in any means. In the Arab world, Democracy is One Vote, One Time, Forever! And the ANC loves this kind of Democracy. God help us all…

  • Peter - 2011-03-10 16:35

    Not a surprise, corrupt will always support corrupt, criminal will support criminal and our government is one big bunch of corrupt criminals

      CtheTruth - 2011-03-10 17:16

      Also not surprised. Two years ago the ANC government congratulated 'Comrade' Gaddafi on being in power for 40 years. Hypocrisy? No, not me!

  • sinna - 2011-03-10 16:37

    They didn't asked Mugabe to resign, why would they ask Gaddafi?

  • Peter - 2011-03-10 16:37

    "Government ..... subscribes to the international principle of non-intervention in the domestic affairs of other countries". Even if Idi Amin, Adolf Hitler, Pol Pot or Apartheid is involved? Come on! Stop thinking with your pockets and show some courage and support for human rights for a change.

  • Desertratuae - 2011-03-10 16:39

    Of course they wouldn't. All in it together! Terrorists!

      pop101 - 2011-03-11 08:26

      Cum rats for eva.....funny how all the old comrades and friends of the ANC are today having trouble with their countrymen. Angola, Egypt, Libya, Zimbabwe, and I suspect Iran will follow soon. What you will notice is that the ANC took over power in the name of Democracy, but if you look at their pre-apartheid buddies, you can't name one that is actually a true democracy.

  • Macho Mike - 2011-03-10 16:41

    Cowards never make critical decisions.......

      Sue - 2011-03-10 17:41

      ....because they don't know how to, idiots ......

  • Jakob - 2011-03-10 16:43

    LOL.. this "circus" is really making me laugh... its all going down in flames...

  • Spade - 2011-03-10 16:46

    Our government is in no position to ask anyone to resign. They are an embarrassment to all South Africans, and to Africa as a continent, not to mention the ideals of the ANC as per the Freedom Charter.

  • Spyker May - 2011-03-10 16:48

    How can they ask him to resign - he has the blue-print for the ANC's modus operandi. The ANC will take us to a place where we have no choice but to the revolt. Then the army funded by the nationalised mines will mow us down by the thousands... ONE F*CKING CHANCE..!! See you on 18 May..!!

      Proffie - 2011-03-10 18:40

      What army where Spyker? These idiots can't organise a piss-up in a brewery, never mind mow anyone down. Arms stolen...sold..lost. Its a bloody joke!

      maseratifitt - 2011-03-10 21:07

      I am sure many will agree with you, Spyker. I don't want to pee on anybody's battery, but you will remember how the ANC supported Mugabe during Zim elections, and they said "...there is a lot we can learn from Zimbabwe...". I am sure Mugabe, by this time, has taught the ANC how to count votes. We can but try. Freedom cannot elude us forever.

  • Slapper - 2011-03-10 16:55

    Of course they haven't, there is a change he will win and they are scared of him. last year they were touting him as President of Africa.

  • jan.mare7 - 2011-03-10 17:03

    Interesting how our President calls for a "halt on human rights violations" yet members of his office won't ask the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to resign???????

  • gizzy - 2011-03-10 17:05

    Of course they won't ask him to resign. That would set a precedent for all the other tnpot dictators of which many are ANC benefactors!!!!!

  • scud - 2011-03-10 17:09

    Of course not-we love terrorists in SA. The more evil,the greater the attraction to our lot.

      MaLemmer - 2011-03-10 18:29

      Like support like-it's part of the Supper Club!

  • Kaizo - 2011-03-10 17:24

    I guess Gaddafi is going to be living it up in Sandton when he eventually gets kicked out of Libya.

      pop101 - 2011-03-11 08:30

      Kaizo, I was thinking the same thing. Will SA provide amnesty to Gaddafi at the end? Sounds ridiculous, but not impossible.

  • Danny - 2011-03-10 17:31

    This country and it's corrupt president is beholden to every crook in the world! Shaik could not be not be kept in jail for sharing a few millions; can you expect Zuma to criticise Gaddafi who has given him billions.

  • Mariano Cast - 2011-03-10 17:33

    Hell, no! We are still in a learning curve and he is a good example to follow!

      The Mayor - 2011-03-10 23:11

      LEARNING CURVE? This is 2011, why do we have a government in a learning curve when there are planty of other capable candidates to run the country without being in a learning curve. Someone needs to stand up, say it like it is, lay down the law and stick to it for the benefit of all in this democracy. Learning Curve... more like we act like victims so we can steal as much as possible while the rest of the world evolves around us. We will still be infants in our learning curve while the playground bullies are stealing candy from babies (China and other developed economies getting hold of our invaluable resources)

  • za101 - 2011-03-10 17:34

    those rebels in east libya and yemen and bahrain and sauid arabia are puppets for america and europe. tjhose people need to be treated harshly the south african government should condemm all these revolutions

      pop101 - 2011-03-11 08:31

      Yes, but then they must condemn their own uprising against the apartheid government. Sounds fair?

  • Francois - 2011-03-10 17:43

    Then why did you allow Mugabe to help you to intervene with the SA government of PW Botha? Why did Mbeki intervene in Zimbabwe? He endorsed a stolen election! Why does Zuma ask for sanctions to be lifted against "Old Habits"? (Those are the habits that take a long time to die in Zimbabwe according to Kgalema).

  • Brian - 2011-03-10 18:01

    Of course they won't, he's their role model!

  • devils-adv - 2011-03-10 18:14

    If Hitler supported the ANC with their so called struggle, they would be on his side too. Once again the corrupt ANC government supports another dictator and pariah! Losers!

  • Harry Davidson - 2011-03-10 18:33

    With VERY DUE respect, our government (ANC) will side with ANYONE ïf" it suits them or JUST sit on the side and make STUPID comments !!!. Get off your asses and make a stand !!!! Say NO to Gadaffi or YES !! and be COUNTED you bunch of AS^&holes !!!

  • niels - 2011-03-10 18:33

    Ah, the ANCs support of criminals goes on.

  • Psychotron - 2011-03-10 18:41

    The ANC should resign, in fact they should all be shot in a firing squad.

      Chibuli - 2011-03-10 19:07

      Exactly - what the fcuk does the ANC know about governing, anyway. It's a terrorist organisation - and a racist one at that! Viva, Movement for Regime Change, Viva!

  • Perfume - 2011-03-10 20:46

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  • Abel - 2011-03-10 20:53

    We used 2 say da world z evil wen our cries fel on deaf ears,nw we turning a deaf ear wen libyans call! Dis z a farce!

  • Chris - 2011-03-10 21:08

    Nobody ask! So does it matter?

  • garco - 2011-03-10 21:17

    The ANC is no different than these dictators. The ANC as a party is running this country the same way. This VIP house in Pretoria is for the Gadafis, Mugabes and others. I swear to god if that happens there's going to be war in this country.Die ANC sny 'n lat vir hulle eie gat.

  • erictheclapton - 2011-03-11 01:28

    So what exactly does Gaddafi and the ANC have in common? Gaddafi – associated with oppression Gaddafi – acts of terrorism Gaddafi - amassing a multi-billion fortune for himself and his family Gaddafi – Planning and carrying out of a revolution Gaddafi – Islamic Socialism Gaddafi - Gaddafi was a close supporter of Ugandan President Idi Amin Gaddafi - Gaddafi supported the Soviet protege in Ethiopia Mengistu Haile Mariam, who was later convicted of one of the deadliest genocides in modern history Gaddafi - strong supporter of the Palestine Liberation Organization Gaddafi - Gaddafi has characterized HIV as "a peaceful virus, not an aggressive virus" Should we go on? ANC – All above categories fit perfectly

      Darwinian - 2011-03-11 09:28

      Gaddafi – Lockerbie

      John - 2011-03-12 19:35

      Gaddafi - Yasser Arafat Gaddafi - Nationalization Gaddafi - Not too bright

  • Laurence - 2011-03-11 07:16

    subscribes to the international principle of non-intervention in the domestic affairs of other countries."- but intervenes in israel affairs all day long- we are not idiots

      pop101 - 2011-03-11 08:35

      Yip - but remember, Israel wasn't a comrade during apartheid. Oh, the hypocracy.

  • Pokkels_LOL - 2011-03-11 08:27

    Of cause SA won’t ask Gaddafi to resign..!!! That’s because Jacob Zuma live in a glass palace....!

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