Declassified: Apartheid Profits - Pretoria’s Beehive in Paris

2017-09-14 09:21
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In this seventh instalment of the Open Secrets’ series, ‘Declassified: Apartheid Profits’ we see how a secret office in Paris was responsible for using this system to broker weapons deals and bust the apartheid arms embargo.

This article is drawn from the research for the book Apartheid Guns and Money: A Tale of Profit.

In this seventh instalment of the Open Secrets’ series, ‘Declassified: Apartheid Profits’ we see how a secret office in Paris was responsible for using this system to broker weapons deals and bust the apartheid arms embargo. This article is drawn from the research for the book Apartheid Guns and Money: A Tale of Profit.

Such is the banality of evil.

1. Armscor transfers to Paris Office.pdf

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The French connection facilitated through the beehive on the Seine was central to Pretoria’s war efforts during the sanctions period, but these connections went much further back. PW Botha, South African Defence Minister and later Prime Minister, was central to this relationship. From an itinerary dated 8th to 10th June 1969 and entitled ‘Journey of Mr Botha’, we know that he joined French arms company Thompson CSF in the South of France to test missiles and taste wine. 

2. PW Botha Trip to France_Thomson CSF_1969.pdf

While the military relationship between the two countries benefited arms companies and politicians, it was in many ways held together by the countries’ military intelligence agencies. 

Intelligence agents from South Africa military intelligence and the French foreign spy agency, the DGSE ensured regular clandestine meetings throughout the 1980s where weapons and favours could be traded. 

3. Meetings with French Military Intelligence.pdf

** Open Secrets is an independent non-profit with a mission to promote private sector accountability for economic crime and related human rights violations in Southern Africa. www.opensecrets.org.za

** Apartheid Guns and Money: A Tale of Profit by Hennie van Vuuren is published by Jacana Media


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