R1.7bn worth of arms sold by SA – report

2013-08-09 11:22

South Africa sold arms worth more than R1.7 billion to various countries over the past few months.

The New Age reported today that this was revealed by the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) in its second quarterly report to Parliament yesterday.

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 R555 million, went to Sweden. The next biggest sale went to Thailand, which spent R505 million.

The US came third, after spending R375 million for arms and equipment.

Azerbaijan spent more than R131 million and Finland spent R129 million, the newspaper reported.

The committee’s report also showed that it approved the sale of de-mining (mine clearance) equipment to war-ravaged Syria.

Equipment valued at R26 million was sold to the United Nations (UN) to run the de-mining project.

Conflict-ridden Egypt was sold arms worth R17.9 million. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Britain spent R113 million and R46 million, respectively.

Other countries that purchased equipment included Saudi Arabia (R61 million), Germany (R56.4 million) and Pakistan (R45.2 million).

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