South Africa investigates Libyan claims on stashed Gaddafi assets

JOHANNESBURG Sun Jun 2, 2013 8:39am EDT

South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivers his 2013 Budget speech at Parliament in Cape Town February 27, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivers his 2013 Budget speech at Parliament in Cape Town February 27, 2013.

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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's Treasury is looking into Libyan assertions that slain leader Muammar Gaddafi and his family stashed money and other assets in the country, a spokesman said on Sunday.

"There was a group that approached Treasury claiming to represent the Libyan government and we are in the process of verifying their claims about assets that are in South Africa," Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's spokesman Jabulani Sikhakhane said.

The Sunday Times newspaper said Libyan investigators had met Gordhan and President Jacob Zuma to discuss locating and repatriating more than $1 billion in cash, gold and diamonds said to have been brought into South Africa by the family of Gaddafi, who was ousted and killed during a revolt in 2011,

The Gaddafi assets were held by four banks and security companies in South Africa, the Sunday Times said.

(Reporting by Stella Mapenzauswa; Editing by Alistair Lyon)

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