Government continues to assist in searching for missing journalist

20 April 2011

Photo of: President Jacob Zuma

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is keeping President Jacob Zuma briefed on the attempts made by the South African mission in Libya to locate Mr Anton Hammerl, the journalist who went missing in that country recently.

President Zuma instructed the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to use the necessary diplomatic channels to obtain information regarding his whereabouts.

At the time of the disappearance of Mr Hammerl alongside two journalists from the USA and one from Spain, it had been difficult to obtain information following the evacuation of all South Africans in Libya, including all staff at the South African Embassy.

The South African Mission in Tripoli has now partially opened and doing everything possible to locate Mr Hammerl.

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation continues to provide consular assistance to the family of Hammerl and other South Africans in distress.

Enquiries: Zizi Kodwa on 082 330 4910.

Issued by The Presidency

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