Whether the Minister has been informed of the presence of South African private security personnel in Libya

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QUESTION NO: 3325  (NW3983E)

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 35-2011 OF 28 OCTOBER 2011

MRS MOKGALAPA (DA) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND CO-OPERATION OF THE RESPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA:

  1. Whether she has been informed of the presence of South African private security personnel in Libya; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what are the relevant details and (b) who authorised the presence of these private security personnel in Libya?

REPLY:

  1. No, neither the Minister nor the Department of International Relations and Co-operation were informed of the presence of South African private security personnel. However, the Minister and the Department are aware of the recent media reports about the alleged activities of South African citizens apparently employed by private security companies. No further details are available.

  2. As a result of recent media reports, the Department requested our Embassy in Tripoli to engage the Libyan authorities and seek permission for provision of consular services to the group. However, the Embassy is yet to receive permission to render consular services to the group.
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