SA still trying to get Hammerl's body

2011-06-08 08:10

Johannesburg - The government is in negotiations with both the Libyan government and the country's rebels in an attempt to get slain photographer Anton Hammerl's remains returned to South Africa, The New Age reported on Wednesday.

"The Libyans are co-operating. In fact, we are trying to engage both sides, [Libyan leader Muammar] Gaddafi and the rebels trying to oust him, to try and find Hammerl's remains because he died in a disputed area almost at the border of the two warring sides," President Jacob Zuma told the daily newspaper.

Hammerl, who held dual South African and Austrian citizenship, was covering the conflict in Libya when he was shot by militia loyal to Gaddafi near the town of Brega.

According to American journalists Clare Gillis and James Foley and Spanish photographer Manu Brabo, Hammerl was left to die in the desert after the three were arrested.

He was shot on April 5, but news of his death arrived more than six weeks later, when the three journalists were released and told his wife they had witnessed him being shot.

South Africa accused the Libyan government of lying about Hammerl, after it assured officials he was safe even though it knew he had been killed.

  • - 2011-06-08 08:35

    Enough of this already. I don't want to sound insensitive, but the guy is vrot by now. Get over it and get on with your lives. It's not that he didn't go there to make a fast buck with a photo or two. He knew the dangers. Why try and make him a hero now?

      Kgwadi - 2011-06-08 09:04

      And we did not sent him there,Lets focus on our broader problems and stop politicing "stupid/heroic-man-made-decisions"

      Queteepie - 2011-06-08 09:10

      You might have something else to say if this was your son and husband!!! Bringing his body home will give closure to his loved ones, they can put him to rest in an orderly fashion. Have a heart...

      Queteepie - 2011-06-08 09:10

      Who said anything about making him a hero!!!!! - 2011-06-08 09:45

      Queteepie, don't get psycological with me. The family does have closure. They know he's dead. They just don't have a body and they never will. They can put up a plaque in his name if they must.

      Queteepie - 2011-06-08 09:56

      So if it was your loved one, you would not make an effort to get their body home? I sure i am glad that i am nothing to you!!!! Its easy to say all of this if you are not in their shoes.

      Mishka - 2011-06-09 07:33

      What a disgusting person you are newscrawler. Without the Hammerls of the world, you would be kept in darkness about what is going on. You are seriously insensitive and I hope you body parts begin to rot while you're still attached. Your mother kept the after-birth clearly and threw the baby out.

  • - 2011-06-08 09:19

    Gadaffi is a lying bastard and definitly has more pressing worries than looking for a dead journalist in the middle of the desert.

      Pencilgraffiti - 2011-06-08 09:25

      Agree, I wouldn't trust the Libyan Government because even if their intentions were good, the fact remains that they are at war. There's no UN there to handle things like this. On a side note - This article is based on what Zuma said. The same man who came back and said Gaddafi is about to negotiate. The same man who said Corruption with in the ANC would no longer be tolerated but his suspended Pietermaritzburg corrupt officials have just been reappointed. His word means nothing.

  • Singo - 2011-06-08 09:24

    I dont think this searching 4 a body will b fruitfull.It is said that thousands of people died in Libya since the start of the war,they were even burried in mass graves.So how are they going to find the body?It will means exhuming all the dead bodies to do a test for Hammerel?As much as it is sad,he may not be the only one who went missing and burried there.I understand the pain that the family is feeling,but how is he going to be found?It will just be a closure to get the soil on the spot where he died and do a ritual if they believe in it.As long as people are kepping on getting killed in Libya,it will be so hard to find him.Who knows if the people who killed him are already dead in that war.

  • Jacques - 2011-06-08 09:31

    @Kgwadi - Focus on what broader problems - Corrupt politicians, Ministeres wife's that is drug dealers, The shabirs??. We cant even deal with these problems???

      immelmap - 2011-06-08 09:41

      Fully agree, He knew what he was in for.Thousands in SA did not.

      Thokozani Jiyane - 2011-06-08 10:13

      Not that we can't, but we don't want to!!! Damn this guy is a disappointment, that's why the Libyans call him Zakuma.

  • Monsterz - 2011-06-08 09:44

    Ag pleez....Hammerls body was abandoned, and has been eaten by desert wolves !!!!

      Queteepie - 2011-06-08 09:57


  • zistros - 2011-06-08 09:59

    don't know why is zuma keeping up with caring image coz the elections are long over.. 1 thing for sure this guys body was the last thing on their minds if it was even mentioned it would have been the closing comments written in his speech. his parents might as well not put hope on this search and move on with their lives in memory of their son... trusting zuma with service delivery is lyk trusting a thief to withdraw money for you at a bank...

  • Trevor - 2011-06-08 10:07

    ZUMA does not give a SHYTE about this....the ANC is in bed with them all from Libians to Cubans...who do you think supports the ANC financially next to their biggest benefactor...China??? Whipe the ignorance out of your eyes, see past race issues and see the NEW ANC for what it is....self serving self an elite few..."party"

  • za101 - 2011-06-08 12:05

    libya lied to south africa about him being alive. this is outragous.

  • Perfume O - 2011-06-08 13:17

    Always engaging in something yet with no results!!!!!

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