Libyans say Gaddafi salted away billions in SA

Libyan investigators say more than $1-billion in cash, gold and diamonds are being held by four SA banks and two local security companies. (Reuters)

Libyan investigators say more than $1-billion in cash, gold and diamonds are being held by four SA banks and two local security companies. (Reuters)

"National Treasury was approached by a group claiming to be representatives of the Libyan government," Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's spokesperson Jabulani Sikhakhane told the Sunday Times.

It reported that Libyan investigators had found evidence that more than $1-billion (about R10-billion) in cash, gold and diamonds was being held by four South African banks and two local security companies.

"The process of verifying the group's claim is under way," said Sikhakhane.

Libyan embassy official Salah Marghani told the Sunday Times investigators had "been appointed to investigate and secure assets in Africa on behalf of the people of Libya".

The paper published extracts of letters from Libya's justice and finance ministers to their South African counterparts, asking for help finding assets linked to Gaddafi which might "have been illegally possessed, obtained, looted, deposited or hidden in South Africa".

Gaddafi was executed in 2011 after a political uprising in Libya. - Sapa

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