SA 'waited too long' to condemn Gaddafi

2011-02-28 17:42

Cape Town - The government waited too long to condemn Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's oppression of a popular uprising against his 41-year-old regime, the Inkatha Freedom Party said on Monday.

"South Africa should not have waited until it was pressurised into issuing a strong condemnation of Libya's military forces, and... the wholesale brutal suppression and killing of pro-democracy protesters in Libya," IFP foreign affairs spokesperson Ben Skosana said.

"South Africa has a historically justifiable reason to be among the first countries to condemn these atrocities.

"The fact that the governing ANC has a historical relationship with Libya should not cause a free and democratic South Africa to abandon its hard won democratic culture.

"The Libyan rulers ought to be stopped from this unbridled massacre of their own people."

South Africa at the weekend voted in favour of a UN Security Council arms embargo against Libya and financial and trade sanctions against Gaddafi and his inner circle.

Libyan security forces have cracked down on protests that started nearly two weeks ago against Gaddafi's regime. The unrest has killed at least 1 000 people and set off a "humanitarian emergency", according to the United Nations.

  • Mike Hoxbig - 2011-02-28 17:56

    Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

      Hans-Erik Iken - 2011-02-28 18:37

      Nah, they are opportunists. Now the world has condemned him they now jump on the bandwagon. I expect the SA government to show leadership in african affairs. It owes that to its people and economic import on the continent. In this case it is just your damned if you don't I think.

      Grant - 2011-02-28 20:18

      Tshepo - your petticoat is showing darling!!

  • horst.o.muller - 2011-02-28 17:58

    It does make sense to first get your people out before openly taking sides against Gaddafi.

  • Valis - 2011-02-28 18:16

    The ANC; Friend of brutal dictators around the world.

  • GrimReaper10 - 2011-02-28 18:19

    No, clearly "The government took longer over Libya than Egypt....because ANC and Gaddafi's are palls" is a good enough reason. Wonder if the National Youth Development Agency also claims responsibility for Libya?

  • Joe - 2011-02-28 18:21

    What can one expect? Mugabe must be criminally charged if he sent merecenaries to Libya!

  • za101 - 2011-02-28 18:24

    right thing to say IFP

  • Hungwe - 2011-02-28 18:26

    South Africa's ANC government was waiting in the hope that their mentor and hero Gaddafi would suppress the uprising, but now that they see he is doomed they've had to finally say something.

      Felix - 2011-03-01 08:55

      IFP made the statement.

      Felix - 2011-03-01 08:56

      OH wait, my bad. Statement about the statement...

  • Logs01 - 2011-02-28 18:30

    Why did the ANC took so looong to speak out against their friend and supporter from the past???. They HAD to make sure he does not "survive" this uprising!! That the "writing is on the wall" for him. That his "history"!! Just imagine they did condemed Gaddafi and he somehow stayed in power!!! Man, will they have one pissed off "FRIEND" !!!!

  • lldoidge - 2011-02-28 18:33

    The ANC owe gedaffi big time. He has been one of their biggest sponsers for the last couple of years. They were hoping they would only have to come out after the local elections! Oh! well they still have the Gupthas to help them out!

  • - 2011-02-28 18:41

    I must say... I am sure the IFP would be a much better party to govern South Africa.

      burtfred - 2011-02-28 18:53

      IFP a better party to rule? Are you nuts? They are just a tacky little Zulu party with only 4.5% of the vote, mostly from KZN. They have almost no support outside of KZN.

  • Jimmy - 2011-02-28 19:00

    The ANC have got themselves into a pickle. How can they condemn Gaddafi for behaving like Mugabe? Having condemned Gaddafi, what would their position be if riots broke out in Zimbabwe and Mugabe used force?

      Gorilla - 2011-02-28 19:30

      Riots are about to break in zimbabwe. Not in SA as the voting population by and large still think they are getting free houses, cars and jobs from the ANC.

  • Innocent - 2011-02-28 19:02

    The issues is clear, SA as country might have a strong relationship with Libya as a country. I take it that any help SA might have received from Libya over the yrs was a sacrifice by the whole Libyan nation, Gaddafi was just a massenger/representative of the nation, whatever role he played. Unfortunately SA leadership, especially since Mbeki era, have shown that they believe they are indedted to individuals, not the the country. To that effect, SA leadership has constantly supported or propped up individual dictators at the expense of the oppresed majority - think of Zim, now Libya. So, the so called late condemination, is a matter of serving faces - the SA leadership is forever Gaddafi, never mind the dictator's wanton spilling of innocent blood.

  • 106106sa - 2011-02-28 19:04

    The ANC approve of Mugabe,despots,criminals,dictators etc.... so why on earth condemn Libya/Gaddafi???????They approve failure and useless!!!!!

  • Chris - 2011-02-28 19:08

    Don't forget South Africa protected the dictators in Myunmar, They have protected Mad Bob; They have protected Bagbo in Ivory Coast..... Mbeki's policy of Quite Diplomacy is still evident in that they whisper to the dictator - the problem is their whisper is drowned out by the Wails of the oppressed!

      Francois - 2011-02-28 19:24

      Chris, you are giving away your lack of education by the many spelling mistakes you make. Lesson for tonight: Understand the difference between quiet and quite.

      Francois - 2011-02-28 20:59

      I could not understand the issues due to all the spelling mistakes.

  • Blougroen - 2011-02-28 19:14

    Wonder if the massacre in Libya was also caused by the National Youth Development Agency and the ANCYL ?

  • Francois - 2011-02-28 19:23

    Ben, you say this while you are wasting years to condemn Butilazy?

  • Jaimo - 2011-02-28 19:25

    It was not long ago when the SA public led by the ANC were chanting: "CASRO-CASTRO,GADDAFI-GADDAFI" Its called schizofenia.

  • Gorilla - 2011-02-28 19:29

    South Africa was hoping Gadaffi would quash the rebels and then they would commend his swift and decisive action.

  • Cliff - 2011-02-28 21:20

    The A N C will always sit on the fence as they have no foreign policy but will follow the popular lead ,just as they are spineless in S A under the thumb of COSATU.

  • Macho Mike - 2011-02-28 23:04

    Eish, remember when Mandela, now 92 and retired, was once quoted as saying: "Those who feel irritated by our friendship with President Gaddafi can go jump in the pool." Hau, need to start digging one groot gat for one groot pool my china. Then plak some more "Order of Good Hope medals on Gaddafi's chest you clowns. Bet he get;s asylum in SA.

  • AJ - 2011-03-01 05:18

    Expecting any moral backbone from the ANC govt is wishful thinking. The amount of undue attention and recognition they give dictators around the world whilst simultaneously showing the finger to various bastions of democracy any chance they get, demonstrates clearly that their soul was up for sale a long time ago..

  • rams - 2011-03-01 07:12

    Anc elections and Manifestos are being finance by Libya. Gaddafhi is one of the finacers of ANC's campaigns.They also have shares in blood oil in Libya. They will never condemn Gaddafhi because it will be cutting the hand that feeds them.

  • NodrogBob - 2011-03-01 10:39

    What can we expect from the SA Gvt. Of course they are not going to slap the big brother on the hand! They are only saying something now to appease the many other organisations. Saying one thing and meaning it is another thing.

  • Colin - 2011-03-01 15:17

    Birds of a feather.

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