Weapons sold to Zim for peacekeeping - report

2012-09-10 14:35

Johannesburg – The weapons South Africa sold to Zimbabwe were for peacekeeping, military exercises, humanitarian aid and military training, according to a quarterly government report seen on Monday.

The country issued permits worth R2.26m to Zimbabwe for weapons for peacekeeping, military exercises, humanitarian aid and military training in Zimbabwe, according to the National Conventional Arms Control Committee's (NCACC) report for the period from April 1 to June 30.

South Africa also issued permits worth R590 000 to Rwanda, which was fingered in a UN report in June for active involvement in the M23 rebel movement in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Sales contracts to all countries totalled R2.8bn.

The Democratic Alliance slammed the Zimbabwe sale.

"The fact is there has been a de facto arms embargo on exporting conventional arms to Zimbabwe for nearly a decade," said a party parliamentarian David Maynier.

Zimbabwe arch enemies President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai currently share power in an uneasy unity government formed in the wake of a failed 2008 vote that descended into widespread bloodshed.

"We know that the conventional arms include 'support equipment usually employed in the direct support of combat operations'. However, we do not know exactly what type of conventional arms were exported to Zimbabwe," said Maynier.

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

The justice ministry was not immediately available for comment.

  • loo.steyn - 2012-09-10 14:44

    WTF ????? Zim forces for peacekeeping . .NOW ive heard it all

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-09-10 14:48

      It's probably Tsvangirai's half of the army...! Mugabe must be hunted and shot down in cold blood!!! Shame on you ANC!!!!

      fussed.anderson - 2012-09-10 14:58

      It is sa weapons that we are not allowed to use for our peace keeping

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-10 16:56

      And who got those tenders. Mrs Madonsela will find out.

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-09-10 21:14

      ANC Government are pathetic to say the least. They have no money to feed thiere own people in Zimbabwe but yet the stupid ANC will allow sales of guns to the cash strapped idiotic Mugabe Regime. What is going on here? How in the world can South-Africa sell weapons to the Mugabe regime?

      jerhone - 2013-08-09 17:51

      I've said it before the world should sanction SA.too for propping up MAD BOB and ignoring sanctions against Zimbabwe

  • paul.c.wadsworth - 2012-09-10 14:47

    Humanitarian aid????????????????? CRACKERS!!!!!

      godfrey.welman - 2012-09-10 15:59

      Correct, Bob can now re-sell some of the wapons and use the proceeds to feed ZANU-PF supporters only, whilst fighting Morgan with the rest.

      alf.pop - 2012-09-10 20:30

      The deal was probably done with the assistance of Malema when he last visited uncle Bob! Carry on Zipper and one of these days you will achieve that South Africa ends up on the embargo list! Bloody greedy, crooked morons!

  • justice.league.9469 - 2012-09-10 14:52

    Didnt Zim recently wanted a $100mil from SA? So SA is giving it to them? People are dying of hunger but don't worry there is plenty of weapons to go around.

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-10 14:54

    Peacekeeping? You mean more like Zanu-PFs form of thuggery to ensure MadBob gets in again. How disgusting cANCer is. Not only for doing this but for thinking that the SA public is stupid enough to believe their filthy lies.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-10 15:03

    Truth? They were sold for money

  • mark.richardson.3914207 - 2012-09-10 15:04

    The relationship with madbob and crew will just get better with malema as president after all the head of the army in Zimbabwe is building a R18m home in cape Town , where will everyone run to now when the Air Zim flights start arriving 4 times a day with unemployed. After all you giving the weapons now give the houses as well.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-09-10 15:06

    ZIMBABWE ARE CASH do you sell weapons to them if they have no money?

  • peter.mansfield.395 - 2012-09-10 15:14

    What a revolting thing to do. Talk about betraying the people of Zimbabwe for 30 pieces of silver.

  • keith.ngobeni - 2012-09-10 15:15

    Elections are coming in Zimbabwe so Mugabe is arming his militias as usual to beat a hell out of those who oppose him and his party, I have got friends from Zimbabwe here in Scotland and they told me that Mugabe's militants are forcing their relatives to attend zanu pf rallies, and if they dare to refuse to comply the consequences of beatings,torture or even be killed will follow.

      desertratbkf - 2012-09-10 15:36

      May cANCer have blood on their hands if this happens! But the vermin have no conscience whatsoever! Barbarians!

  • Joubs1957 - 2012-09-10 15:16

    I think they must have paid something like 100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 Zim dollers per bullet!

      rupert.magande - 2012-09-10 20:18

      Mr Joubs 1957 The zimbabewean dollar is no no longer being used fo almost two years now ,

  • Joubs1957 - 2012-09-10 15:16

    About 20c

  • dezzeyd - 2012-09-10 15:20

    This must be the joke of the decade.

  • wackidmaledu - 2012-09-10 15:27

    peacekeeping??...hahahahaha**mane*WTF is this???

  • stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-09-10 15:28

    Obviously they will post an article saying that its for peacekeeping right after the public found out... DUH!!... but as we all know its lies lies lies....

  • allan.clacher.7 - 2012-09-10 15:29

    SOLD : dont kid yourself - they most probably GAVE it them - where the heck would they get 2.6 million from to BUY weaponary when some months ago, they screamed for a loan and Mbeki gave it to them (have they ever repaid this amount- as they are now screaming for another few million BAILOUT : Daft I call it !!

      felix.musakwa.1 - 2012-09-10 15:48

      asking for budget support does not mean a government will fail to raise a paltry R2.6 mill

  • frank.crane.180 - 2012-09-10 15:34

    Yea right !

  • desertratbkf - 2012-09-10 15:35

    South Africa? You are looking spectacular in the civilised world out there! Thank you cANCer! May you burn in hell FOREVER!

  • shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-09-10 15:38

    I laughes so hard I almost fell off my chair. Come on pull the other leg. P*&^S in my ear & tell me its raining

  • chez.kri - 2012-09-10 15:40

    Like fu**ing for virginity! What a load of BS

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-09-10 15:53

    hahahahahhahaaaaahhaha we know that old chestnut

  • madonsi.crew - 2012-09-10 15:55

    wow if this is the truth i think is worth for supplying it but it needs to be monitored,to add on that they should deploy peace makers into Zim than suplying weapons

  • raymond.lloyd.73 - 2012-09-10 16:00

    Who is keeping the peace in Zimbabwe ? What war is there ? America and Great Britain , stand up and kick Zumas backside for aiding Mugabe in his human atrocities .

  • ahenriquesfernandes - 2012-09-10 16:06

    This makes me worried. What else are these boofons doing to our countries political ties!

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-09-11 11:55

      We'd be shocked if we knew what goes on behind the scenes.

  • adrian.strydom - 2012-09-10 16:23

    Weapons for 'peace' in Zimbabwe is like screwing for virginity !

  • amelda.davies - 2012-09-10 16:23

    Oh, OK. When you are hungry and get angry 'cause your Prez chased away the farmers, you get to eat bullets! Aaw nice. Good job SA Prezzie! What do you eat at night - pheasant or fowl, or both?

  • luke.dekoker - 2012-09-10 16:30

    This is not for "peacekeeping" and "humanitarian aid" reasons, it is for the CancER supporters who will defect to zim after 2014 to have arms to carry out their "freedom struggle" acts against all South Africans.

  • alexandra.nett - 2012-09-10 19:42


  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-09-10 21:08

    Weapons sold to Zim for diamonds,would be a better title.

  • theunis.botha.96 - 2012-09-11 01:13

    Hey man.Our arms and weapons suppliers should have made use of the oppertunity too make good,and sell uncle Bob some duds.

  • jerhone - 2013-08-09 18:01

    those susidised food vrieters and money grabbing bastards in parliament will even deal with satan for money, what do you expect when you come out of the bush and you're not use to anything, especially the white rubber spined ones who are supposed to have brains but jumped ship because they could not make it outside in the real world

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