SA starts Zim arms delivery - report

2012-09-12 13:05

Cape Town - Three armoured vehicles being transported on a South African-registered haulage truck from Pretoria have arrived in Harare, lending credence to reports that Zimbabwe bought arms from its southern neighbour, a report has said.

NewsDay reported on Wednesday that camouflaged vehicles - used for quelling mass uprisings and demonstrations - caused a stir in Masvingo as they passed though the city under heavy police escort on Monday.

South Africa on Monday disclosed it had sold Harare arms worth R2.25m in July this year.

The startling disclosures were allegedly contained in the latest quarterly report of the South African National Conventional Arms Control Committee.

The sale of the arms caused uproar as the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) claimed there was a moratorium on the sale of arms to Zimbabwe and other countries with "political complications".

The DA described the deal as illegal, but the South African government has not yet officially responded to the reports.

The European Union and United States maintain arms sales embargoes against Zimbabwe.

Meanwhile, the report alleges that members of the MDC, President Robert Mugabe’s inclusive government partners, have maintained they were not aware of the deal and suspect it could have been secretly sealed to prevent public demonstrations.

  • joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-09-12 13:17

    TIA and 'Lord of War' combined - 2012-09-12 15:48

      @Alicia. Hitler was a joke. Try Tony Blair and George Bush, or Britain and the USA. The latter has used atomic weapons, which the people of Japan suffered with for over a decade... but yet see themselves as the world approval authority on today's nuclear powers. Since 1945, we can add Korea, Vietnam, Bosnia, Iraq (desert storm 1 & 2), Libya, Afghanistan, Falkands (vs. Argentina 1 & 2), Grenada, Panama, Somalia, Malayan Emergency, Palestine, Anglo-Egyptian, mau-mau insurgency, Cyprus, Jordan, Suez/Sinai, Oman, Northern Ireland, Gulf War... and the list is extensive. Over 65 years of war from these 2 nations - and yet, we still go on about Hitler. Get a life... English propaganda was bad enough with 300 pages of Blair drivel about Weapons of Mass destruction (yet to be found). I am no defender of Mugabe, but he is a school kid compared to these 2 thug nations.

      demi.davidson.18 - 2012-09-12 16:54

      They going to need those arms right here in SA the way malema is being allowed to destabalize the country, encourage demonstrations. MALEMA HAS, UNOFFICIALLY, ACTUALLY TAKEN OVER THE RUNNING OF THE COUNTRY!

  • avanwyk2 - 2012-09-12 13:17

    Joh wish the cadres could deliver text books as efficiently.

  • lucas.chingonzo - 2012-09-12 13:19

    So what

      rick.kabose - 2012-09-12 13:22

      The friend of a criminal is a criminal,who said that?

      peter.ndamase - 2012-09-12 13:28

      You watch too much TV

      millionwatts1 - 2012-09-12 13:30

      I know that an enemy of enemy is a friend in this case.

      annelise.venter.77 - 2012-09-12 13:43

      @Lucas. What do you mean "so what". I see you you are hiding out in Cape Town....very easy to say "so what" if you are not facing those bullets that is according to the Zim. Gov. "for training purposes".

  • kevin.ian.583 - 2012-09-12 13:19

    It all makes sence , that is why Rob wanted to borrow from the RSA tax payer - to fund his defence against the hungry

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-09-12 14:23

      Someone should just pop a bullet into him

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-09-12 13:22

    And we spent flipping billions buying this arms, they are now sold to a cadre country for close to nothing. The notion that only taxpayers should vote must be tested, democracy is flawed!!!

      attie.stone.3 - 2012-09-12 17:50

      We're not a democracy peter.ndamase...........never were.

  • nathan.g.moss - 2012-09-12 13:24

    Ok am I the only one seeing this? We supply Zimbabwe with arms, while Malema stirs up our military and a large work force from our critical economic resource. What’s next?

      karenRSA - 2012-09-12 13:40

      I agree and see????civil war?

  • jan.human - 2012-09-12 13:26

    It is for Malema's army...

      karenRSA - 2012-09-12 13:39

      i agree Jan!!

  • kosmonooit - 2012-09-12 13:27

    This is disgusting and reprehensible - but then again the Arms Trade knows no morals.

      attie.stone.3 - 2012-09-12 17:54

      I'm told the five largest arms exporting countries are the five UN security council members........True or false?

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-09-12 13:27

    'NewsDay reported on Wednesday that camouflaged vehicles - used for quelling mass uprisings and demonstrations' err I think the Zim Army like all armies around the world are not exactly buying flowers and chocolate are they?

  • Irishman - 2012-09-12 13:28

    I hope they don't use them to invade us - they will probably win!!!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-09-12 13:35

      Nooit bru, we have knobkerries and spears!

      dewalds3 - 2012-09-12 14:00

      And we have the March Hare!!

      Stewart Croucamp - 2012-09-12 14:06

      We now also have golf clubs as our advanced weaponry.

      justin.pretorius - 2012-09-12 14:42

      We have the real invisible muti!!!! They can never beat us :))))))

      tatsee - 2012-09-12 15:03

      lol,dont forget NEVER to chase the rabbit when they invade!

  • magomarele - 2012-09-12 13:34

    This is a national shame. Zuma and his ANC government must suffer the consequences of their reckless and dangerous decisions. This is detrimental to stability in Zimbabwe. Someone must pay for abusing our resources.

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-09-12 13:36

    Our army can't drive them....that why THEY selling them

  • desertratbkf - 2012-09-12 13:37

    If the rest of the world does not open their mouths on this, then its not just SA thats in its moer, but the entire planet!

  • johan.vanheerden.737 - 2012-09-12 13:55

    We are selling this ???? What a joke!!! This is the same country that we are "loaning" millions of your and my money to

      attie.stone.3 - 2012-09-12 17:57

      @johan.vanheerden.737.....That's what the loan is for; to pay for the arms we're selling them.

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-09-12 14:21

    How exactly does a country with hardly any reserves have the spare cash to buy arms now? I suppose the ANC gave them a loan

  • richard.howes.982 - 2012-09-12 14:25

    This is maybe a far out speculation but are Mogabe and Malema not very close friends? Now Zim has got enouph guns 2 suport a well armed army and Malema has got a few thousand supporters in our contry and he is trying 2 round up all the troops he can. I'm just connecting dots here that may not be connected at all but maybe the whole striking uproar is just a diversion .I'd say keep an eye on the boarder mayb we are not heading for civil war but a Mogabe ,Malema take over

      eddie.serane - 2012-09-12 20:44

      Malema didnt sell the weapons but SA government did

  • richard.zanner - 2012-09-12 14:26

    I would not use the word "sold" because we will certainly not get paid. Rather say "donated". Now if we could just also deliver text books to our children then we could officially say that we have a good delivery system.

  • hawthorne1955 - 2012-09-12 14:26

    Its amazing how infantile our government is.First they attack the democratic Israel then sell arms to a DICKTATOR.I wonder who in the government got their palms greased

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-09-12 14:40

    Those that are involved in selling these arms and equipment to Zim, must be arrested with immediate affect, we lending Zim money they can't afford to pay back, so that hey can buy arms, there is a snake in the grass here, who in government is earning what out of this deal, as it looks as if the South Afrcan tax payer's money is been slipped once again under the table in what surely is a scandal in the making. All this when the last thing SOuth Africa needs is more bad international publicity. Arrest the culprits, immediately, and investigate the cash flow. How is South Africa going to be paid? With Grace Mugabe's shoe collection?

  • eddie.serane - 2012-09-12 20:48

    Why UN or SADC shut their mouth this means they suport the issue

  • isabella.olivier - 2012-09-12 20:54

    I drove past a truck with a tank on the back. It was on the R21 at 17:00 Griffits Road Boksburg.

  • pro.cctv - 2012-09-13 08:48

    Here we go again!!!! Where is CNN when this happens? O no, they would rather interview a BANANA!!!

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