SA sold R70m worth of weapons to Libya

2011-04-10 11:13

Johannesburg - The National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) annual report for 2010 showed that South Africa sold weapons to Libya worth about R70m last year, the Sunday Independent reported.

This included Category A weapons worth R1.9m, Category B weapons worth R10.7m and Category C weapons worth R56.2m.

NCACC chairperson and Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said South Africa exported arms worth R80.9m to Libya between 2003 and 2009.

He refused to say whether more weapons went to Libya last year ahead of that country's civil unrest.

South African law prohibited the sale of weapons to countries where they may contribute to international repression, human rights violations or were likely to escalate regional military conflicts, endanger peace or threaten regional stability.

The NCACC was supposed to oversee weapons and military equipment transactions to ensure this did not happen.

Last year government approved the sale of more than R35bn of military hardware to 78 of the world's most repressive regimes according to the report.

In addition, it approved 345 weapons contracts with 83 countries to the value of R27.7bn as well as 3 536 arms export permits worth R8.3bn and allowed imports from 69 countries valued at R3.9bn.

Officially sanctioned weapons exports included: Algeria (R158.3m), Azerbaijan (R119.1m), Burundi's (R119.1m), Equatorial Guinea (R5.8m), Pakistan (R34.6m), China (R60.5m) and Saudi Arabia (R68.2m).

  • Mark Rauterkus - 2011-04-10 15:52

    Too bad guns, bombs and bullets don't have an expiration date, say, like a banana or a even a newspaper.

  • ihatum - 2011-04-11 09:51

    Isn't that peanuts?, what kind of arms were these?

  • Dan Canny - 2011-04-11 10:06

    ANC always talks with a forked tongue....Human Rights, Non-discrimanation, Equal Rights....and then they sell arms to these countries where non of these wonderful dreams exist. Plus the ANc are trying to build relationships with India for more trade, while the ANC sells weapons to Pakistan - they keep infiltrating northern India!!!!

  • JustinX - 2011-04-11 11:49

    All about money. Democracy does not exist in Africa. 1994 was the beginning of the Gravy Train official

      ihatum - 2011-04-11 13:41

      Corruption and Democracy are two different things. The dawn of democracy in South Africa was 1994 contrary to what you may think.

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