DA calls for ' complete' arms report

By Drum Digital
03 September 2013

The committee tasked with controlling South Africa's trade in conventional arms has not issued complete reports over the past year on weapons sales worth more than R13 billion.

The committee tasked with controlling South Africa's trade in conventional arms has not issued complete reports over the past year on weapons sales worth more than R13 billion, the DA said on Tuesday.

"The National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) has failed to provide complete reports on conventional arms sales to 94 countries worth R13,262,600,958 to Parliament," Democratic Alliance MP David Maynier said in a statement.

The sales were authorised in terms of 4407 export permits issued by the NCACC.

However, the past four quarterly reports, issued this year and last year, as well as the 2012 annual report, did "not provide information on all controlled items, including dual-use goods and technologies".

Further, they did not "provide a description or the quantity of the controlled items that are reported on".

This level of information was required in terms of the National Conventional Arms Control Amendment Act, which came into operation on April 16 last year.

Maynier said he had written to NCACC chairman, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe, asking that "corrected versions of the annual and quarterly reports be tabled in Parliament as soon as possible".

-Sapa

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