Pretoria - Arms manufacturer Denel on Friday emphatically denied it, or its subsidiaries, had sold armaments to Libya, following a sales trip to that country a year ago.
"Not at all," the company's acting group communications manager Pamela Malinda told Sapa when asked whether any such sales had taken place.
Earlier on Friday, the Mail & Guardian published details from a leaked Denel internal memo outlining a visit to Libya in April last year, which involved the "planned sale of G6-52 artillery systems, missiles, grenade launchers and anti-materiel rifles".
Business opportunities for Denel in Libya amounted to R6.289bn.
The report quotes Malinda as saying Denel representatives had visited Libya "to explore the opportunities for the marketing of defence products".
Malinda confirmed to Sapa this was correct, but repeated that, with one exception, "no contracts and deals were concluded".
The exception was a contract struck with Denel subsidiary Mechem for "training on de-mining equipment".
Mechem specialises in the clearance of landmines. The company also builds mine protected vehicles, such as the Casspir.
According to the M&G report, quoting from the memo, the arms sale was almost a done deal after discussions with Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
"The trip received the blessing from both the presidencies... The Brother Leader also stressed the importance of having Africans trading within the continent."
President Jacob Zuma
has been criticised for supporting a United Nations Security Council resolution for a no-fly zone over Libya, where rebels are trying to topple longtime leader Gaddafi.
The resolution led to air raids spearheaded by Nato on the North African country.
The South African government on Thursday called for restraint to avoid further civilian casualties in Libya, and rejected efforts to use the crisis to bring about a regime change.