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Gadaffi planned retirement in South Africa

Fungai Maboreke | 11/2/2011, 5:01 p.m.

Nov. 1 (GIN) - The late Libyan leader Muammar Gadaffi believed he was headed for Karoo, a desert-like area in South Africa, where he would live in a tent under the protection of his allies, when he was fatally ambushed by joint NATO-Libyan forces.

Reports of South African fighters hired to guide the fallen Libyan leader have appeared in two South African papers in the Afrikaans language. The South African soldiers of fortune are now stranded abroad but officials of the government, a former Gadaffi ally, are offering no support.

"Any South African who is involved in military matters in Libya would do so illegally and at own risk. They are their own responsibility," Siphiwe Dlamini, a defense department spokesman, told the newspaper Beeld. "According to the Prohibition of Mercenary Activity Act of 2006, South Africans are forbidden from entering any conflict area in any part of the world on either side," Dlamini said.

Meanwhile, Gaddafi's second son, Saif al-Islam, continues to make his escape through friendly countries such as Niger, although the International Criminal Court which seeks his prosecution says he is making contact for surrender through an intermediary. w/pix of SA mercenaries