Muammar Gaddafi will not be exiting Libya on a South African plane to an undisclosed destination, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, said on Monday.
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane told the media at a briefing in Johannesburg, that South Africa is confident that Gaddafi will not seek asylum in the country and have denied any plans to aid the colonel’s exit after rebels swept through Tripoli late Sunday evening
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”.
Despite denial from the government, Al Jazeera has reported that their sources claim talks between South Africa and Gaddafi continue.
South Africa has led the mediation efforts by the African Union, and said they will continue talks with both parties in Libya. The minister said “as peace brokers we have got no reason to create a state within the state.”
Nkoana-Mashabana stressed, “The Libyans themselves must be given the chance to decide the future of their country and the future of Gaddafi.”
“With the imminent fall of the government of colonel Gaddafi, we wish to urge the interim authorities in Tripoli to immediately institute an all-inclusive inter-Libyan political dialogue aimed at building a truly representative and people-centred dispensation,” said the minister.
She added that South Africa will not recognise a rebel government when Gaddafi falls. “As far as we are concerned, if this government falls, there is no government”.
Heavy fighting and gun battles raged on in Tripoli, on Monday, the morning after rebels gained control of most of the Libyan capital overnight.
Reports of Gaddafi’s two eldest sons – Muhammad and Saif-al Islam Gaddafi -being captured by anti-government forces filled social networks and the International Criminal Courts has confirmed them.