S.Africa's ruling party youth wing hails 'martyr' Kadhafi
South Africa's ruling party's young wing on Friday saluted Libya's slain former leader Moamer Kadhafi calling him an "anti-imperialist martyr" and a fighter against the recolonisation of the African continent.
"Brother leader resisted imperialist domination of the African continent and never agreed to the continued draining of natural resources from beneath African soil," the ANC Youth League said in a statement.
"That he was killed in combat is an inspiration to many freedom fighters across the continent and the world, particularly to the generation of economic freedom fighters," it said.
Kadhafi who ruled the oil-rich north African country for 42 years was killed on Thursday in crossfire between his supporters and new regime fighters after his capture in his hometown of Sirte.
The eccentric ruler known as "brother leader" was accused of using Libya's oil wealth to fund and arm rebel groups across the continent.
"The only appropriate send off we can give to Colonel Kadhafi, the anti-imperialist martyr, a brave soldier and fighter against the recolonisation of the African continent, is by re-committing ourselves to the struggle for total economic freedom in our lifetime," said the statement.
"The question we should ask is who is next? Rest in Peace Brother Leader!"
The youth league's praise of Kadhafi differs with the government's cautious reaction which urged the new Libyan leaders to start a process of building national unity and reconciliation.
The government said it hoped Kadhafi's death brings peace to Libya.
South Africa voted for a UN resolution that imposed a no-fly zone over Libya but later accused NATO of over-stepping its mandate with airstrikes aimed at protecting civilians and of blocking AU peace initiatives.
© 2011 AFP