Family of slain SAfrican seeks president's help

AP News
Posted: May 26, 2011 8:21 AM
Family of slain SAfrican seeks president's help

The family of a South African photographer slain while covering turmoil in Libya is pleading with South Africa's president to help bring his remains home.

Bronwyn Friedlander, a spokeswoman for the family of Anton Hammerl, says the family emailed a letter to South African President Jacob Zuma on Thursday and made it public.

In the letter, the family says its "nightmare cannot end until he is home."

Zuma is to meet Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in Libya on May 30 as part of African Union efforts to end the fighting between pro- and anti-Gadhafi forces.

Zuma's spokesman, Zizi Kodwa, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Hammerl family's letter.

South African officials have accused Gadhafi of misinforming them about Hammerl's fate.