DA wants 'complete' arms report

2013-09-03 14:40
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Cape Town - The committee tasked with controlling South Africa's trade in conventional arms, has not issued complete reports over the past year on weapons sales worth more than R13bn, the DA said on Tuesday.

"The National Conventional Arms Control Committee [NCACC] has failed to provide complete reports on conventional arms sales to 94 countries worth R13 262 600 958 to Parliament," DA MP David Maynier said in a statement.

The sales were authorised in terms of 4 407 export permits issued by the NCACC.

However, the past four quarterly reports, issued this year and last year, as well as the 2012 annual report, did "not provide information on all controlled items, including dual-use goods and technologies".

Further, they did not "provide a description or the quantity of the controlled items that are reported on".

This level of information was required in terms of the National Conventional Arms Control Amendment Act, which came into operation on 16 April last year.

Maynier said he had written to NCACC chairperson, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe, asking that "corrected versions of the annual and quarterly reports be tabled in Parliament as soon as possible".

Also, that an investigation be launched into why the directorate of conventional arms control had "failed to comply" with the new legislation.

Once this was done, SA would "learn exactly what kind of controlled items were exported to countries such as Egypt, South Sudan and Rwanda", he said.

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