Gaddafi family relocation to SA dismissed

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation on Wednesday dismissed reports that late ousted...

Libyans wave their new national flag (L) and Qatar's flag during a ceremony announcing the liberation for the country in the eastern city of Benghazi on October 23, 2011. Picture: AFP

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation on Wednesday dismissed reports that late ousted Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi's family plans to move to South Africa as pure speculation.

Middle East media organisations are reporting that all of Gaddafi's surviving relatives including his widow, daughter and sons want to travel to this country.

However, the department's Clayson Monyela said there is no truth to the claims.

"We don't have any formal records from Gaddafi's family. We don't know where the reports came from - it's pure speculation and rumour," he added.

Meanwhile, Nato will formally decide on Wednesday whether to end its mission in Libya after Gaddafi's death and the country formally being declared "liberated" by its new leaders, Reuters reported.