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President didn't discuss journo's release in Libya

By Amukelani Chauke and Retha Grobbelaar | Apr 12, 2011 | COMMENTS [ 18 ]

WHILE the family and friends of South African photographer Anton Hammerl are urgently waiting for news on his release by the Libyan military, President Jacob Zuma has not even asked about his whereabouts at a meeting with Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi.

Zuma met Gaddafi in Tripoli at the weekend as part of an African Union delegation to attempt to mediate a political solution to the Libyan crisis. He, however, did not discuss the release of the journalist at all.

Presidential spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said yesterday that Hammerl's arrest "could not have been discussed" as Zuma, who lead the AU's Ad-hoc High Level Committee, was in Libya to present AU's "road map", and to facilitate a dialogue between Gaddafi and his opposition.

Global Post reported on Sunday that three American and one Spanish journalists, who were with Hammerl when they were caught near Brega last week, were spotted at a detention centre in Tripoli. Hammerl was not with the group, and his whereabouts are unknown.

Department of International Relations and Cooperation spokesperson Clayson Monyai declined to comment yesterday, saying the situation was "sensitive".

Hammerl's wife, Penny Sukhraj, said: "We haven't heard anything, nothing. I guess we just have to hang in there."

COMMENTS [ 18 ]

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Indeed the President went to Lybia on a AU mission to sell the AU road map to both the Brother Leader and the rebels. He could not have discussed other issues outside the AU mandate. I think the issue of that journalist will be addressed by the South African mission in Lybia. In fact their capture cannot now be an individual country's matter.It's suppose to be an international matter. I hope that his capture will be dealt by the ambassador to Lybia and the international world.
@SOWETAN - The International Relations and Coorporation Department' spokesperson is Clayson Monyela and not Monyai. Sies. Attention to details is required.

Apr 12, 2011 8:33 | 0 replies

Maripe you must differrentiate between the ANC and government. government is there to serve us all irrespective of the political affiliation, in this case the government is responsible for assisting the company Anton Hammerl working for and the family.

Apr 12, 2011 3:39 | 0 replies

Mara this thing ya gore Sowetan e poste story for the whole day is kak. I mean this is supposed to be an online news. The difference between an online and hard copy stories is that you can post as many as stories on line as compared to a newspaper which you can not change. Most of these stories here were posted early in the morning.It is now 15h35 and the stories are still here. This is boring. On line stories are supposed to be flighted only for some few hours. Sowetan mara.

Apr 12, 2011 3:21 | 0 replies

Zuma o tshaba Malema so how can you expect him to solve a problem like these?

Apr 12, 2011 3:21 | 0 replies

Uzo buya...

Apr 12, 2011 2:36 | 0 replies

Was the president told about the photographer? Is it ZUMA'S job to look for lost photographers?
Who knows on what mission was he on? Maybe he was going to du porn or child porno since the is no order in Libya and his underworld friends kidnapped him. After all he did not tell the president that he is going to Libya.

Apr 12, 2011 2:34 | 0 replies

There was no need for Zuma to discuss the whereabouts of the journo. Chalk and cheese.

Apr 12, 2011 1:54 | 0 replies

@Maripe so when a company sends their workers down the mines must the government wash their hands of the people when they get stuck? Please think carefully about this. The government exists to look after it's people, it has no other function. Everything it does must be for the good of the people and it has a duty to look after them even when they are in other countries.

Apr 12, 2011 1:43 | 0 replies

Zuma, as the father of the nation, should care about his citizens, whether here or abroad. I agree with Bonzer, South Africans are so brainwashed they think everything done by their politicians is right, so they don't question anything said or done. This is what is going to lead to our country being like most African countries which have been plunged into chaos, poverty and war.
Wake up South Africans, we cannot all go down the same road, it is too dangerous.

Apr 12, 2011 1:30 | 0 replies

@Bloggers

Zuma did'nt send the jouno there. It was his company, so what must Zuma do?

Apr 12, 2011 1:23 | 0 replies

I hope he didn't go to discuss to smuggle dangerous weapons in the country and shame maybe he will sent his boys to talk about the journalist matter hang in there wife, prayers for his safety return.

Apr 12, 2011 12:53 | 0 replies