libya flag.jpgLibya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) is seeking help from South Africa to rebuild the country after the uprising that ousted the late Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

Libyan envoy, Yousif Ibrahim Sheriff, conveyed a request to South African President Jacob Zuma for assistance in the reconstruction and development of Libya, saying South Africa has vast experience in peace-making and democracy.

Mr Sheriff expressed the need for the strengthening of political and economic relations between the two countries.

Reports from Pretoria say President Zuma accepted an invitation to visit Libya, though no date has been set.

Zuma is on record for criticising the NATO campaign that helped rebels oust the late Colonel Gaddafi, saying the conflict caused a scar in Africa that will take many years to heal.

He spearheaded efforts by the African Union to mediate in the Libyan conflict, and complained that the continent’s moves were sidelined by the NATO bombings.