SA sells arms worth R1.7bn - report

2013-08-09 11:38
Jeff Radebe. (File, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - South Africa sold arms worth more than R1.7bn to various countries over the past few months, The New Age reported on Friday.

This was revealed by the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) in its second quarterly report to Parliament on Thursday.

According to the report, most equipment was exported to Sweden and the United States.

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe, who is also chairperson of the NCACC, said the report was for the sale of arms from April to June this year.

The biggest sale, worth R555m went to Sweden. The next biggest sale went to Thailand, which spent R505m.

The US came third after spending R375m for arms and equipment.

Azerbaijan spent more than R131m and Finland spent R129m, the newspaper reported.

The committee's report also showed that it approved the sale of demining (mine clearance) equipment to war-ravaged Syria. Equipment valued at R26m was sold to the United Nations (UN) to run the demining project.

Conflict-ridden Egypt was sold arms worth R17.9m. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Britain spent R113m and R46m respectively.

Other countries that purchased equipment included Saudi Arabia (R61m), Germany (R56.4m) and Pakistan (R45.2m).

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