Gaddafi death creates 'uneasy feeling'

2011-11-01 12:08

Cape Town - The execution of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi creates an uneasy feeling about the situation in that country, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

Zuma told a business breakfast meeting in Cape Town it would have been better for Libyans if Gaddafi had been arrested and tried so that questions could be answered about how he had run the country for 41 years.

"In [the] world of human rights today there are courts to try those who are committing certain kinds of crime," Zuma said.

"Those pursuing him were supposed to arrest him... Unfortunately he was killed.

"It has created an uneasy feeling about the situation in Libya."

Zuma said he hoped Libya's National Transitional Council would "pull the country together".

Gaddafi had responded to the Libyan uprising in a particular way which had brought the situation on him.

"Even when [the] situation got graver and graver he seemed to be thinking he could still defend his system," Zuma said.

  • wesleywt - 2011-11-01 12:18

    But the deaths of thousands by Gadaffi's hands never does not create uneasy feelings for Zuma.

      modumo - 2011-11-01 14:37

      @Hennie..go play in traffic, If you want to do something do it, dont blame others for your problems. If you want to save and you earn R1000, safe R50 if you have to. Thats the problem that we all blame someone else for our own problems.

  • Leon - 2011-11-01 12:22

    And why doesn't the prez say anything about the thousands of people, especially whites, that have been executed in SA?

      Mike - 2011-11-01 12:23

      Because it makes him happy, not uneasy.

      Myvision - 2011-11-01 13:00

      Executed by who?

      Vagav - 2011-11-01 13:07

      By your Comrades.

      Myvision - 2011-11-01 14:29

      Where, can you provide a link ?

      Vagav - 2011-11-01 18:25

      Yes. pretty much every day.

  • Kevin - 2011-11-01 12:31

    Stuff Gadaffi .Thousands of innocent men women and children were murdered ,raped and tortured and you do not give a damn. Even worse is his thug son who is now saying he did nothing wrong . Give him a bullet and arrest Gadaffi's wife and sister

      Myvision - 2011-11-01 13:02

      That what you have been made to beleive, try and research both sides of the story

      Barry - 2011-11-01 17:50

      @Kevin...Yes. Suggest you read up on Gaddafi. You may even regret what you state here.

      Ari - 2011-11-01 17:51

      Isn't it interesting that the orcs who moderate this forum will not allow me to post any positive facts about Colonel Gaddaffi. I wonder who is paying them to distort facts - again. Whores. But then I am not at all surprised. The media attracts bottom feeders by its very nature.

  • marco.tomaso - 2011-11-01 13:01

    Trouble for Gaddafi was that a protest instantly became an armed rebellion.Ten days into the start of it all,Nato got involved via a dodgy U.N. Security Council resolution 1973 supposedly "protecting civilians" which as we now know was really to wipe out Gaddafi. Gaddafi really didn't expect that and got badly screwed over by his former "friends" from the West.The same countries that were shaking hands and making deals with Gaddafi in the desert,now sought to kill him.Talk about traitors hey!NATO suddenly took command of a significant force of dozens of ships and hundreds of airplanes and commenced military operations,policing of a no-flight zone and thus preventing Gaddafi from getting illicit arms transfers by either air or sea. Next what made things worse for poor old maddog Gaddafi was the Corporate Western Media coverage of events in his country which added fuel to the fire.Getting public opinion behind them,NATO’s "success" was swift in grounding Gaddhafi’s air force and closely monitoring Libya’s coast.NATO was able to struck more than 90% of the more than 6,000 targets they've destroyed in Libya. What didn't help Gaddfi at all was his response to the crisis in his country.Instead of choosing his words wisely,his rude outbursts of "outright killing protesters and calling them rats",didn't help his situation. Then there was the unified leadership against Gaddafi,the NTC.It had both coordination & objectivity which was vital in lobbing for international support.

  • Evan - 2011-11-01 13:02

    What's done is done, and it was hardly an execution. Lets remember that there was an uprising and Gadaffi was no longer wanted, the Libyan Majority wanted him out and he refused and continued the wage a war against the opposition. He was given a choice, which incidentally was more than the victims of the Locherbie bombing got. He still refused and was killed at his last stronghold. Funny how history always has two or more interpretations. What has been done cannot be undone. I am somewhat surprised that President Zuma continues to harp on this event. I would sooner some local issues were addressed, like using taxes to improve SA, putting a stop to excessive state spending, not to mention corruption and crime. The list goes on. I hope everyone at the Business breakfast managed to stay awake. Many things may have been better for Libya but it was not as if Gadaffi was going to hand over power peacefully and quietly. History is very clear on this type of thing with leaders of old such as the Roman emperors being assassinated, overthrown when they were no longer seen as being suitable by the masses. It should not come as a surprise that it still happens.

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2011-11-01 13:39

    Live by the sword, die by the sword.

  • Willem - 2011-11-01 14:31

    Mr Zuma should feel uneasy because like Gaddafi he is not really looking after the public who is paying his salary. No he is looking after the people who is not paying his salary. Then he and some of his friends in the ANC thinks uncle Bob in Zim has the model to follow. Watch this space, uncle Bob is the last dictator who treats his public badly.

      Aijaman - 2011-11-01 16:27

      Willem are u okay upstairs??Is your mind working?Just think before u post a comment

  • PyroSA - 2011-11-01 15:51

    Perhaps it makes Zuma uneasy that he might face the same death if he angers enough of the wrong people for long enough? Many people meet worse ends in his own country; THAT should make him uneasy.

  • JMan - 2011-11-01 15:51

    This "news" is worthy of its own "article"?

  • Aijaman - 2011-11-01 16:00

    Once Zuma speaks about Libyan issue..I just loose words!!I just can't blve that this man got b**lls to speak about Libyan issue..How can he speak about Libya?Who is he in this whole mess?If he can be asked what measures did he follow before signing that micky mouse endorsement for no fly zone..Will he answer that question and fully give us info?He must be shy to speak about international politics cause he is a puppet in international world..President with no backbone..He must simply shut and take shower..

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