Gaddafi's African Mercenaries

“A terrible failure,” is what Danie Odendaal calls Gaddafi’s thwarted escape attempt from his last stronghold, Sirte. And he probably knows. From a Libyan hospital bed, Odendaal informed South African Sunday paper Rapport he was one of some twenty, mostly white, South Africans contracted to get Gaddafi out of town, and into neighboring Niger. It turned into “a gruesome, gruesome orgy.” But Libyan rebels also appeared sympathetic towards foreigners, careful “not to shoot them.” More: they helped him escape. On Monday, a middle-man trying to fly the surviving South African men out of Libya (two of them died), “gave assurances that these men were not involved in anything illegal. He said they were contracted by Nato, and that Nato and the UN would pay for the flight” (News24). Prior to Gaddafi’s killing on Thursday, another “team of South African mercenaries helped Muammar Gaddafi’s family out of the war zone of Tripoli (…) to hide out in Algeria.” South African newspaper The New Age has the full story.

In other words: not only did Gaddafi rely on experienced South African farmers to get his olive fields growing, word also spread to Libya there are some skilled and eager mercenaries (‘all ex-police officers’) to be found in South Africa.

It puts the story about Libya’s African mercenaries in a different perspective.

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  1. The international media, influenced by the Americans and the British through their respective mouth-pieces, CNN and BBC, has successfully painted Gaddafi as a hard-core dictator, tyrant or whatever you want to call him. However, the media has, as usual, also failed to show the kind, giving Gaddafi we never heard of. Gaddafi unlike most dictators has managed to show his humane side, the very side we dream of seeing in other dictators.
    One wonders whether the forthcoming democratic rule the Libyans cry for will improve life for them? Only time will tell…
    Meanwhile let us get to the unknown facts about the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi:
    1. There is no electricity bill in Libya; electricity is free for all its citizens.
    2. There is no interest on loans, banks in Libya are state-owned and loans given to all its citizens at 0% interest by law.
    3. Home is considered a human right in Libya – Gaddafi vowed that his parents would not get a house until everyone in Libya had a home. Gaddafi’s father has died while him, his wife and his mother are still living in a tent.
    4. All newlyweds in Libya receive $60,000 Dinar (US$50,000) by the government to buy their first apartment to help start up the family.
    5. Education and medical treatments are free in Libya. Before Gaddafi only 25% of Libyans are literate. Today the figure is 83%.

    1. @Rahul: C’mon. You want a dictator with a “humane side.” What’s that? Questioning the West’s motives and the way Gaddafi was summarily executed does not translate to tolerating his excesses.

      1. Sean, I can see that you have never been to Libya. You have been listening to and reading the controlled propaganda media.

        Westerners should be ashamed of what NATO has done in Libya. It is no less than a crime.

        If Gaddafi was a dictator, I would also like to have a dictator as a government. Most of what was spewed out in the biased media were a bunch of lies. The same kind of lies are now sent into the world about Iran. WW3 here we come.

  2. White South Africans are just Africans with a light complexion. They love Africa and would rather die in service of Africa then in service of a collection of NATO plunderers and robbers.

    Nice try, though, to smear the Afrikaners.

  3. @derick: nice try to smear AIAC. Your “Africans with a light complexion (sic)” love Africa so much they staffed, stood by and implemented systemic violence against South Africa’s majority and now protect dictators. That’s love.

    1. The communist party Trade Union Leader Zwelinviva Vavi have stated twice in public that black workers were far better off under Apartheid than under the present corrupt and incompetent government.

      It is obvious that you have no personal knowledge of the country. How about the ten Universities built for blacks where they could go to University for FREE. How do you think Nelson Mandela became an attorney?

      Also the largest hospital in the world was built for them: Known today as the Chris Hani Baragwath Hospital. Some systematic violence for you.

  4. @Complex (sic) African there was also a Soviet invasion of Southern Africa during apartheid where 3 million people died. And the apartheid government killed only 7000 people during that time. 50% of them were carrying an AK47. Economically yes the people were oppressed as the whites lived in the cities and the black people in the rural areas.
    But the Afrikaners kept South Africa out of the hands of hundreds of thousands of Soviet backed guerrillas that terrorized the people. Google Angola Civil War, Mozambique Civil War.

    So don’t try and always paint the Afrikaners in bad light when they did their best to save Southern Africa from falling to the USSR and becoming Soviet satellite states. The USSR exported terrorism.

  5. THE GOVERNMENT OF SOUTH AFRICA WAS WARNED RIGHT AT THE INCEPTION OF THESE MERCENARY GROUPS THAT BY ALLOWING THEM IT WAS PLAYING WITH FIRE AND THEY DID NOT LISTEN BECAUSE MOST PROBABLY THEY WERE BEING BRIBED.

    HERE IN SOUTH AFRICA THEY SETUP CELLS OF A PLETHORA OF LOCAL SECURITY GUARDING COMPANIES AND THESE WERE TO DESTROY BLACK YOUTHS BY TURNING THeM INTO tHUGS,BaRBARIANS,MURDERERS and villains!in lybiA they were on the side of gaddafi because they don`t like america no because they care a hoot about gaddafi…

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