Gaddafi should have been captured, says Zuma

2011-10-21 14:06

President Jacob Zuma said slain former Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi should not have been killed but captured and tried at the International Court of Justice.

Zuma was addressing a joint media briefing with Equatorial Guinea president Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo at the Union Buildings in Pretoria today.

“I understand there was war in Libya. In a war situation, people die, people are captured,” he said.

“We expected him to be captured, given that everybody knew there was a warrant of arrest issued against him.”

Zuma said it was difficult at this moment to pass a clear judgement, as there were conflicting reports on what led to the killing of Gaddafi yesterday.

Mbasogo, the current chairman of the African Union, said the continental body led several efforts “to persuade Colonel Gaddafi to cease power peacefully, but he refused”.

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