SA not assisting Gaddafi exit: Minister
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 southern African country, Foreign
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said on Monday.
Nkoana-Mashabane also denied at a media briefing in
Johannesburg 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 now 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.
South African President Jacob Zuma has spearheaded a
mediation effort by the African Union but two personal visits to Libya by the
South African leader 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".