Gaddafi 'won't seek asylum in SA'

2011-08-22 11:12

Johannesburg - South Africa is not facilitating Muammar Gaddafi's exit from Libya after rebels swept into Tripoli, and knows that the Libyan leader will not seek asylum in the country, International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said at a media briefing on Monday.

Nkoana-Mashabane also denied that South Africa had sent aircraft to Libya for Gaddafi's exit and said Gaddafi's current whereabouts are not known.

"Should we start speculating if he is going to ask for asylum in South Africa? No, we will not speculate because we know, yes for sure, that he will not ask to come here," Nkoana-Mashabane told reporters.

"I am quite amazed that there is even an insinuation that we are facilitating the exit of anyone," she added.


President Jacob Zuma has spearheaded a mediation effort by the African Union but two personal visits to Libya this year failed to produce a tangible outcome.

Zuma has been critical of Nato air strikes on Libya, saying the United Nations resolution authorising intervention had been abused.

South Africa will not recognise a rebel government at this time. "As far as we are concerned, if this government falls, there is no government," Nkoana-Mashabane said.

She said widespread speculation that South Africa had sent aircraft to Libya was untrue.

"The South African government would like to refute and dispel the rumours that it has sent planes to Libya to fly individuals to some undisclosed locations or South Africa".

  • tshepo.theman - 2011-08-22 11:21

    good because gadaffi would not be safe here.... the people of SA dont want madmen in this country as we already have enough madmen here.....if gadaffi ever comes here the people will demand him and give him african medicine

      Diablo7 - 2011-08-22 11:36

      Yeah we already have a dictator in the ANCYL....

      wv - 2011-08-22 11:54

      He would be a perfect fit in the anc goverment.

      phumlanim - 2011-08-22 12:10

      @tshepo, the brother leader can be safe here, we can give him african medicine, at least we gave whites europian medicine, hence they stay here peacefully, so why not?

      Bill - 2011-08-22 12:14

      Tshepo.theman, please tell your president that...Because he is big gamaats with Gaddafi...!

      tshepo.theman - 2011-08-22 12:20

      phumlanmin we are going to house murderous antio revolutionaries here... gadaffi is against the revolution.... that sort of nonsense we dont want here!!!! the people have a say to and government must accept and respect that

      tshepo.theman - 2011-08-22 12:31

      sorry was meant say "phumlanmin we are NOT going to house murderous antio revolutionaries here

      amos - 2011-08-22 14:26

      True we have enough mad men here. I am wondering when you will leave as you are one too many.

  • farga - 2011-08-22 11:36

    The Big "Brother Comrade Leader"... not so big now eh?

      Netherlands - 2011-08-22 22:40


  • Komasa - 2011-08-22 11:47

    Because of all the baseless speculation on the previous article we now have to change our focus to Malema.

      phumlanim - 2011-08-22 12:13

      i thought we will focus at Israel for once, and ask for regime change to stop the holocust in Palestine

      Komasa - 2011-08-22 12:15

      Not a bad idea. From reports coming through the social revolution will start in Tel Aviv this week.

      Netherlands - 2011-08-22 22:41

      Yep..... "STRUGGLE BUDDIES" interfering with other Nations they know SWEET FUGGALL ABOUT!

  • JCWR56 - 2011-08-22 11:54

    Damn, missed opportunity. We could have swapped him for Malenema. would have been less dangerous

      THE.SRG - 2011-08-22 15:55

      yup and at the last second we could have back stapped and left them both over there hehe

  • THABO - 2011-08-22 11:55

    Let's wait and see.

      phumlanim - 2011-08-22 12:17

      @THABO, its fine T'bos lets see who will be the puppert of lybian people

  • Kevin - 2011-08-22 12:04

    Good , we do not want any asylum seeking dictator rubbish like Gaddaffi,Assad,Mubarak or as low as you can go Mad Bob in this country, We already have enough to be embarrassed about when it comes to politics,ethics ,corruption and showerheads

      phumlanim - 2011-08-22 12:15

      @Kevin but we kept Botha and the national party cronies, why not Gaddafi?

      amos - 2011-08-22 14:33

      Mubarak a definite no. Assad ?? But Gadafi is welcome. Libya has 80% literacy rate as education is FREE and even Health Care is FREE the infra structure before NATO started destroying it was one of the best in Africa.

      ex-pat - 2011-08-22 16:09

      Phumlanim, Botha and co were South Africans. The others aren't. That's the difference. But I would have liked to see the Nat "cronies" all dropped into the sea. Outside the shark nets.

  • pieterj - 2011-08-22 12:08

    No, He will not come here,he is to proud to come to a banana republic in the making, where even the bananas is corrupt. Zieg Heil malema

  • Tsotsoma - 2011-08-22 12:09

    Why do so many people hate Malema this much?

      Palesa - 2011-08-22 12:17

      You must live under a rock. O.o

      Wes - 2011-08-22 12:18

      Have you had your head in the sand for last few years?

      Komasa - 2011-08-22 12:27

      It is only the'day walkers'.

      Barry - 2011-08-22 13:16

      @ Tsotsoma Don`t you read or even watch the news ? Where you come from ?

      Teemachine - 2011-08-22 13:17

      @Komasa Are you a vampire because that is what you a referencing. Otherwise do you not walk during the day. 'I walk at night and sleep during the day. Makes it easier to steal things.' Ha ha... Oooo he's a vampire scary. Lol... Daywalker!

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-22 15:24

      @ Tsotsoma - because people really hate 30+ year old men with a boep ;-) or possibly because he's seriously corrupt and living in total luxury, with money coming from anywhere except a legal source, he is turning blacks and whites against each other whilst at the same time choking on his caviar...

      THE.SRG - 2011-08-22 15:59 must be one of those nightwalkers aka totis that spend the whole night walking from house to house trying to rob people

      ex-pat - 2011-08-22 16:11

      You must be a recent immigrant, Tsotsoma, if you don't know why. Better watch out; xenophobia rules, yebo!

      ex-pat - 2011-08-22 16:15

      Has anyone on here received that email that's going the rounds, about the poor person who's having to eat rotten cheese, dry meat, and old wine; whose cars are roofless and his bathtub outside, but he's standing strong, as the struggle continues...

  • Bill - 2011-08-22 12:11

    That means he will seek asylum in SA. Whatever anyone from the government denies initially, always turns out to be a smoke screen and the opposite in the long run! Wouldn’t surprise me if he was not the mystery buyer of the R50,000,000.00 penthouse in Cape Town!

      Komasa - 2011-08-22 12:18

      That was bought by a hard working white British upper middle class citizen. You see if you work 'hard' and not sit on your 'dumb' a##e you can also buy a penthouse overseas.

      edalsg - 2011-08-22 13:40

      Its Official --He is moving in with Mallie in the new Mansion being financed by tender bribes.

  • Palesa - 2011-08-22 12:13

    "Zuma has been critical of Nato air strikes on Libya, saying the United Nations resolution authorising intervention had been abused." It was those very Nato strikes that helped the rebels move forward and stopped that tyrant from massacring his own people. And we all know that Zuma is an idiot anyways. Bashar al-Assad your ass is next buddy. "South Africa will not recognise a rebel government at this time. "As far as we are concerned, if this government falls, there is no government," Nkoana-Mashabane said" They are just the interim government,hopefully the Libyan people for the first time in over 4 decades will be ruled by a party they voted in democratically. I wish we could have our own uprising,and get these idiots out of our country.

      erno.v.dyk - 2011-08-22 12:31

      Be careful what you wish for Palesa, it might just come true - SOONER than LATER! There is a big movement of discontent sweeping South Africa's shores and it will take but one little spark to ignite an already volatile situation. At least it will be far easier to unseat this bunch of pathetic lunatics! I say, bring it on! It is time the ANC reaps what it has been sowing for so long!

      john - 2011-08-22 12:41

      Who do you think our idiots would be replaced by? Someone who is better? Dream on. If they are replaced by anybody, it will be by Malema and the hordes of disenchanted youths.

      Palesa - 2011-08-22 12:54

      Damn! You guys just can't let a girl dream.

      Daemos1 - 2011-08-22 13:41

      @Palesa Don't wish, if you want an uprising, start one

      Andrew Ampers Taylor - 2011-08-22 13:53

      I think, over the next decade, we will see uprisings all over the world but it will all depend on what happens afterwards in the Middle East countries. In other words, if they really do get their own government it will spread, if they don't and get a worse or similar dictator, then nothing will happen. Watch this space. And, Erno van Dyk - The way the DA have increased their votes since 1994, they could easily become the ruling party within the next two elections.

  • RobertKay - 2011-08-22 12:27

    Shame - and he wanted to become President of Africa. Now nobody loves him anymore.

  • Poobie-Naicker - 2011-08-22 12:34

    One of his African brothers is looking after him! As long as it's not here.

  • Paul - 2011-08-22 12:35

    He might get asylum here because we all know that Zuma wants to shower with Gadaffi.

      WhiteFight - 2011-08-22 13:59

      And Kenny and Juju want to eat sushi off his naked body...

  • Nchilo - 2011-08-22 12:42

    Zimbabwe can be a good place for Gaddafi,he can be a good buddy to Robert.....In South Africa a ka ba a hwa ka pelo a bona boMalema ka di millions that he once had and nou tla be a se na selo.

  • Mixyez - 2011-08-22 12:49

    Have we suddenly become the safe haven for tyrants and despots? Why should we as tax payers have to put up with this? We had that twit from Haiti here for years at our expense so please not again. Perhaps we are keeping a place open for Bob!

  • Andrew Ampers Taylor - 2011-08-22 13:46

    If a politician (in any country) says something is not going to happen, it means either: It has happened already. It may happen It won't happen or It may happen at some time in the future Here endeth a political lecture.

  • tut - 2011-08-22 14:04

    Watch this space! He will soon be playing golf with X man imortal shabir Shaik and off course an upmarket mansion donated by his co-terrorist supporting Government the ANC all at taxpayers expense.

  • Newsferret - 2011-08-22 15:55

    Pretoria the capital of a government with no imagination - not if, but when Gaddafi fals something must take over and as it is the something already controls 80% plus of the country so why not recognise the rebels as an interim administration of governance? Nope this government will rather side with the ogres.

  • ex-pat - 2011-08-22 16:06

    Maybe it's just me, but I don't believe they're not going to help him. The ANC has always sucked up to Gaddafi, and because they think they can do as they blerry well please, and lie like troopers about it, who's betting his Bedouin tent won't be seen pitched somewhere soon, and his camels lurching across the veld?

  • longgone - 2011-08-22 17:11

    What the SA Government states and does are two very different stories. Zuma is so high up Gaddafi's backside. Somewhere they will hide this clown.The rest of Africa does no want him. Why as nobody wants him, people it will either be SA or Zim. Close to us it will be.

  • keng - 2011-08-22 17:51

    South Africa is a signatory to the International Criminal Court. Gaddafi is wanted by the ICC. If Gaddafi had to land in SA, SA must arrest him. He had his chance, even USA earlier said he could retire to them, but he has left it too late. I think his only options left are either Nigeria or Zimbabwe.

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