Zuma meets with Libyan envoy

2012-01-04 08:14

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma met on Tuesday with an envoy from Libya's National Transitional Council seeking help from Pretoria in rebuilding after the uprising that ousted Muammar Gaddafi.

The presidency said in a statement that the envoy, Yousif Ibrahim Sherif, conveyed a message from NTC chairperson Mustafa Abdul Jalil with a "request for South Africa's assistance in the reconstruction and development of Libya in light of South Africa's experience in peace making and democracy".

"The meeting acknowledged the need for the strengthening of political and economic relations between the two countries, and the need to work under the auspices of the African Union in addressing challenges in Libya," it said.

Zuma also accepted an invitation to visit Libya, though no date was set, it added.

Zuma has vocally criticised the Nato campaign that helped rebels oust Gaddafi, saying last month that the conflict caused a "scar that will take many years to heal for Africa".

He had spearheaded efforts by the African Union to mediate in the conflict, and complained that the continent's moves were sidelined by the Nato bombings.

  • sibiya.nqubeko - 2012-01-04 08:26


  • Squeegee - 2012-01-04 08:30

    I smell tenders in the air.

  • Ian - 2012-01-04 08:32

    so after Zuma supports Gaddafi, he's going to try and help the people that fought against Gaddafi. I'm not pro Gaddafi in anyway but Zuma, hypocrit much?

      Walter - 2012-01-04 11:41

      @Ian: Don't believe much of this story either. Our government was against NATO's efforts in liberating Libya, the African Union achieved nothing, our government supported Ghaddafi until just about his last breath, and now, Libya is asking for South Africa's help? The Americans, the English and the French are already there 'helping' and probably don't have fond memories of the African Union and our President... @sgodlimpi: There is enough 'rebuilding' necessary in the Southern Part of Africa as well as South Africa, I really don't think there is any need to go to Libya!

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-01-04 08:37

    Political traitor is the best name that suits him. He was the staunch ally of Gadaffi and switched to support security council resolution but later on condemned Nato bombings and now he is in bed with NTC. I don't trust this man's political stance as it's always shaky.

  • sgodlimpi - 2012-01-04 08:49

    Instead of putting criticism on our goverment letsbe proud that the NTC considered involving other African countries in rebuilding Libya.

  • Steven - 2012-01-04 08:49


  • Deon - 2012-01-04 08:59

    "Brother leader" is no more but cheap oil / oil for help changes everything and everybody. Please no more tenders for Juju, his bridges are not the best.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-04 09:35

      Perhaps we need to send Juju to Libya to make lots of money. Wow, that sounds better and better.

  • Bob - 2012-01-04 09:26

    If the NTC is calling for help from Zuma, who is himself incapable of running an established “democratic” government, how exactly do they expect him to have any valuable input in trying to establish a new inclusive and democratic government there…! Amazing how the stupid call on the stupid for help, The AU is incompetent …!

      musabryn.mkhize1 - 2012-01-04 09:49

      you dont know what you talking about......

      Bob - 2012-01-04 10:28

      @ musabryn.mkhize1 – what I love about democracy and freedom of speech is the ability to openly express ones own opinion, such as I have. You too have that free choice to openly express your own opinion regarding what I said, which you have done. However your reply is conjecture without support for your unfounded declaration of what my knowledge on the subject is. So please tell me why “I don’t know what I am talking about” Because without an explanation, your claim is pure groundless conjecture.

      George - 2012-01-04 10:50

      Yeah Musa ya peanut

      Jason Morgan - 2012-01-04 11:51

      Bob that MUSTAFA guy the head of the NTC is a muppet Nicholas sarkozy and David Cameron were behind the NTC since the beginning of the Libyan uprising but now he has chose to work with the man who was refusing to recognizes the Libyan NTC as the new governing government in Libya anyways they're are two moegoes with the lack of knowledge about to work together.

  • Johan - 2012-01-04 09:59

    Zuma is looking for an excuse to visit Lybia,and perhaps the SA troops and police in Yemen! What are they in Yemen for??

  • Penny - 2012-01-04 11:39

    No mention of trying to locate and retrieve the remains of South African citizen Anton Hamil, disgusting that no attempt has been made by Foreign Affairs Dept or Zuma himself. Sadly had he been a card carrying member of ANC, every effort would have been made and given a state burial -sickening! I feel for his young family.

  • spookhuis - 2012-01-04 13:27

    MMMMMMM.....London is burning, let's go put out the fires of Rome.... priceless!!!!!

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