SA govt sold weapons to Zimbabwe

2012-09-10 10:26

Johannesburg - The South African government recently sold defence force weapons worth R2.25m to Zimbabwe, Beeld newspaper reported on Monday.

This was revealed in the latest quarterly report of the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC).

According to the committee's report for the period 1 April to 30 June, the government approved contracts worth R2.8bn during this time.

Contracts with 50 countries were signed, among them India, Gabon, the USA and China.

Justice Minister and chairperson of the NCACC, Jeff Radebe, said in 2011 that the government would not approve permits for the sale of weapons to countries with "political complications".

This included Gabon, Syria, Yemen and Zimbabwe, Radebe said.

According to the report, the weapons sold to Zimbabwe fall mainly into the C category, which consists mainly of support equipment like teargas.

"There has been a de facto embargo on the export of weapons to Zimbabwe for more than a decade," said DA MP David Maynier.

Radebe's spokesperson, Mthunzi Mhaga, did not respond to queries from Beeld.

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-09-10 10:30

    And we did this, why? Are we supporting racist, terrorist regimes now?

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-09-10 10:38

      ANC supports Mugabe! They have a secret coalition to wipe out the entire white community of SA. Just watch... One of these days the Zim army will come over and help the ANC with their genocide!

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-09-10 10:39

      We'll just destroy the bridge and release crocodiles into the river. That'll freak them out!

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-09-10 10:56

      Where do you think those notorius Libyians sniper rifles came from?

      mike.boylen - 2012-09-10 11:07

      And no doubt they bought the weapons with the money South Africa lent to them.

      travis.vermaak - 2012-09-10 11:22

      The ANC would sell weapons to their enemy if it meant they were getting kickbacks.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-10 12:13

      This government enjoys hanging around with scum. There are reliable reports, that SA has granted asylum to war criminal Saadi gaddafie!!! It makes one puke !!!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-10 12:17

      Wo got the tender?

  • julius.hond - 2012-09-10 10:32

    we do indeed

  • willem.leroux2 - 2012-09-10 10:33


  • mofstok - 2012-09-10 10:38

    Disgusting conduct from the government and the ANC: we know your loyalties lie in supporting totalitarian and oppressive regimes. Hypocrites! Terrorist scum!

  • John Peter Steyn - 2012-09-10 10:38

    Why is the ANC supporting a regime which oppresses and terrorises it's own people? Zimbabwe is a horror show. Wake up Zuma!!!

      demi.davidson.18 - 2012-09-10 11:09

      Because the anc is itself a regime which oppresses whites and allows criminals to terrorize it's citizens.

      dnxumalo2 - 2012-09-10 11:48

      Since whites were chased from the country people like you use the statements"terrorising its own people" to justify your personal vendetta against Mugabe.

  • desertratbkf - 2012-09-10 10:43

    Hardly a surprise. Look at the criminals running this country! Filthy trash of the earth will do anything against decent morals of human beings. But then again, human? These things? Nah!

      don.quioxte.3 - 2012-09-10 10:50

      Its the AK factor. Nothing to be done about the inferiority complex when it is justified. The ' thought process' of these people is probably outside our frame of reference and would only be recognised 500yrs ago.

  • Nhleko Celani - 2012-09-10 10:43

    They are doing favours and if this can be invistigated it can be found that these items bought in a higher price and sold to Zimbabwe i a lesser price. This is a waste of tax payers money being done by those in power.

      Essy1945 - 2012-09-10 11:20

      You said it Nhleko!

  • magomarele - 2012-09-10 10:46

    Mugabe's Zimbabwe is a rogue state. Why should we sell weapons to such regime? The government should start explaining this. We need our weapons back. We can’t support human rights violations taking place in Zim.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-09-10 10:48

      We can't, but yet the ANC does. Why?

  • Provence - 2012-09-10 10:47

    What did they sell them, a handful of Knopkerries?

  • sisie.indola - 2012-09-10 10:48

    Under Lindiwe's watch - mmmmm - no wonder why she wanted to keep those reports secret.

  • sandy.sutherland.58 - 2012-09-10 10:50

    I should imagine like usual there are a few fingers in the pie, and the ones doing the selling could care less on who or what gets hurt by this - the term 'Arms Whoring' springs to mind!

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-09-10 10:54

    When we were being labelled terrorists as freedom fighters in our country of birth, Mugabe opened up his purse and gave us weapons for free! Who are we now to lecture him about democracy and governance? If we can bail out countries in Europe, then I do not see a problem in extending a hand of freindship and opening up a purse for our neighbour in need. The DA needs to take a back sit and stop oppising for the sake of opposing driven by their racist paranoia!

      mofstok - 2012-09-10 11:03

      Yawn. Take your pills phumi, I am sure you missed your morning's dosage.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-09-10 11:07

      Oh wow... You have a lot of heart, but you have no brains. When passion pushes you to say something so absolutely absurd, you know you are beyond reason.

      Essy1945 - 2012-09-10 11:24

      Well there you go - confirmation of a stupid thought!

      desertratbkf - 2012-09-10 11:31

      Am I missing something? Is this a TROLL conference or something. So many of you here! Phumi, its Kaya time!!!!!

      rick.kabose - 2012-09-10 11:32

      The friend of a criminal is a criminal huh

      marie.salzwedel - 2012-09-10 11:42

      Are you kept in a straight jacket in Tara or Sterkfontein???

      reg.nagel - 2012-09-10 12:42

      ha..ha..freedom fighters?? my f*ck terrorist more likely bunch pussies!!!!!

  • travis.vermaak - 2012-09-10 10:55

    Typical disgusting ethics of the ANC

      jurie.nel.3 - 2012-09-10 11:55

      "Ethics"????? Only money talks - money in the "right" pockets.

  • iceman196 - 2012-09-10 11:04

    you on a roll anc why dont you sell weapons to north korea and iran as well, oh wait you probally do, come on western nations full diplomatic sanctions on these turds

  • demi.davidson.18 - 2012-09-10 11:05

    'Sold' or 'given'

  • captaine.morgan.90 - 2012-09-10 11:05

    Only worth: R2.25m?

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-09-10 11:16

      Yes the others hundreds of "items"are gratuity gifts as government is getting a R 2,25m return selling something that cost the tax payer millions more thinking they are boosting our economy?...

      Essy1945 - 2012-09-10 11:30

      Along with cheaper/free electricity and wait the $100 million which they're getting - the government might say they're won't give it to them but they will in the end... we just won't know about it... oh and eventually they'll right it off! Why don't they ask old Rob to empty out his overseas bank accounts I'm sure he has waaaaaayyyyy more than $100 million stashed there!

  • reon.stoman - 2012-09-10 11:08

    How can anyone take this govt seriously - They want to boycott Israel but sell weapons to Magabe and the Arab states. Is SA just another morally bankrupt African state??

      jurie.nel.3 - 2012-09-10 12:00

      Yes, Reon, I'm afraid it is. Leaders are elected and entrusted with certain responsibilities towards their followers. But when people in leadership positions fail to discharge these responsibilities and think about nothing but their own pockets, this is the way things go. Sad, but true.

  • shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-09-10 11:13

    selling weapons to Zim, so they can cross the border & take out all whites in SA? Nice going SA! You just signed your own death warrant...

  • jo.g.cronje - 2012-09-10 11:15

    This happens if your country is run by convicts and terrorists.

  • byron.jay.37 - 2012-09-10 11:16

    For Zim- A late entry into a system that evidently shows its failures on mass structural social issues. Well-done. Its like saying "Thanks for nothing"

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-09-10 11:19

    Buddies in political and farmer killing.

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-09-10 11:24

    Zimbabwe doesn't need tear gas or weapons they need food!!!

  • louiseroger.higham - 2012-09-10 11:27

    How sick, are they going to kill starving people?

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-09-10 11:27

    Lies,lies and more lies!! These weapons were given to ZimBobwe. How can they afford to pay for weapons but demand that SA make good on it's promise of a R800bil. loan? How can you spend all that money on weapons while your people are starving? Africa oh Africa, motherland!

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-09-10 11:28 is almost beyond belief ne? Another 'farm murder' just in I see. All the while the poor "people of the struggle" have to do what they can to make ends meet. eina we are in big trouble mense. Hey! lets look on the bright side, they were prolly old guns.

  • kagiso.nuru - 2012-09-10 11:29

    great....more ammunition for mugarbage's hooligans to use on his own people in his quest to win another term in office. shame on all those who were involved in this.

  • andrew.surtees1 - 2012-09-10 11:35

    ah thats it, lets rather focus on selling weapons instead of focusing on the education problem, this is all for guys to get loads of money into their accounts quickly! i hope our leaders get taken out, its the only way they will come out of power and we are helpless to do anything

  • chris.vandermerwe.560 - 2012-09-10 11:37

    And now we are going to lend the money to pay for it?

  • daniel.v.wyk - 2012-09-10 11:38

    Money to buy guns, but we still need to bail them out!!!!

      jurie.nel.3 - 2012-09-10 12:04

      Another link between Mugabe and Hitler (not just the moustache and the dictatorship) - Hitler's motto was "guns before butter".

  • peter.l.morris.3 - 2012-09-10 11:38

    How is Zimbabwe going to pay for the weapons They are asking for S A for financial aid?

  • lenox.ntlantsana - 2012-09-10 11:48

    My TAX that I sweat for, day in day out !

      jurie.nel.3 - 2012-09-10 12:04

      'Fraid so.

  • Warren Mudge - 2012-09-10 11:56

    Well done you friggin sanction bustin ANC led government. How I hate you! Again you deliberately drag this country's name through the mud, and yet you demand to be recognised on the international stage. Have you no morals? How many agreements have you signed, or are party to that you continually show the finger at. The civilised world will only take so much and then you will be out in the cold dragging us with you. You better carry on being oh so cosy with the chinese and russians. Enough of this african brother mentality dammit.

  • jmasha3 - 2012-09-10 11:58

    We should tripple that amount plz Mugabe place more orders.We have the right to sell weapons to any country or even Al-Qaeda as long as they need them and they are prepared to pay.

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-09-10 12:03

    if the zimbabwe regime has money for arms, why are we lending it money?

  • harald.voney - 2012-09-10 12:04

    Only used by Bob to defend himself and friends against his own ppl...

  • madoda.monamudi - 2012-09-10 12:05

    I don't c anything wrong with that, I wish Robert Mugabe can buy more guns.

  • johnnie.vercuil - 2012-09-10 12:08

    Is this what they want the 100 million loan for?. Of course South Africa will give the loan (same as Swaziland) free and gratis, South Africa has got plenty of taxpayers.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-10 12:21

    Radebe's spokesperson didn't respond. Why of course not, he didn't have time to formulated a pack of lies so quickly. Bloody idiots.

  • thozi - 2012-09-10 12:25

    What surprises me is that the public still get surprised by most of the 'bizarre and queer' decisions this government does.

  • wekunetsavamwe - 2012-09-10 12:39

    They sold weapons to us so what's the big deal about it

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