Stop arms sales to Rwanda - DA

2012-08-02 22:21

Cape Town - The DA urged the government on Thursday to stop arms sales to Rwanda after it was linked to a mutiny in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

"We believe [Justice Minister] Jeff Radebe, the chairperson of the national conventional arms control committee, must stop all conventional arms sales to Rwanda," Democratic Alliance defence spokesperson David Maynier said.

A United Nations group of experts report released in June accused Rwanda of providing weapons and recruiting fighters for M23, a group of former soldiers who defected from the Congolese army in April.

The Rwandan government has denied the claims.

Maynier said the report should be of concern to South Africa, because it had sold conventional arms worth more than R103m to Rwanda in the past 10 years.

It did not claim that South African arms had found their way to the rebels, but Maynier said an embargo was still a necessary precaution.

"We cannot be sure that conventional weapons exported from South Africa have not found their way to M23, or were being used by the Rwandan Defence Force to support M23."

Last month, the UN froze its military aid to Rwanda, citing concerns about Kigali's links with M23.

The mutiny has displaced hundreds of thousands of DRC civilians.

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-08-02 22:42

    It's sad when people think about $$$ more than the lives those weapons will destroy.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-08-03 01:49

    If we don't sell them to them then the Chinese, Russians or Americans will. African wars are all about greed, power, tribalism and religion. Same as wars elsewhere. Mankind is still a pretty primitive bunch.

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-03 02:51

      Well the Americans are pretty selective whom they sell to. You won't find any bandids running around in the jungle with M4 automatic rifles, most likely AK's or R5's. Always ammusing how these people can't feed themselves, but they can find money for bullets and bombs.

      Lennon Chenga - 2012-08-03 07:33

      Americans won't give you their guns because they don't want evidence against them, but they will secretly fund these wars!!!

  • sipho.nguya - 2012-08-03 03:44

    While Zuma's government openly support Kinshasa regime, behind their back they are saling arms to Rwanda who is responsible of the voilence in DRCongo. Now, when these Congolese refugees come to South Africa, the same government can't afford to give them proper work and shelter. It's time for this government to understand this and help Kinshasa to build itself peacefully.

  • garth.baldwin.96 - 2012-08-03 07:07

    But its just \the African way\..

      Lennon Chenga - 2012-08-03 07:35

      No it's not, it's usually the West and China!!

  • sisie.indola - 2012-08-03 07:19

    It's all about power and money. People really don't give a toss about humanity at all, after mankind has destroyed the world - someone somewhere will say "it wasn't me" and then when they have to account for their actions they will be pointing their fingers elsewhere as per usual.

  • Melusi Millzin Hlope - 2012-08-03 08:36

    @Devon did you know that america is the worlds leading arms dealer?In africa they supplied some rebels to overthrow governments,ie gadaffi.In the middle east they did the same.Get your facts straight before you make them look good

  • Jane - 2012-08-03 08:49

    Wow, people are dying along the road of Rwanda, from starvation, yet the government has funds to buy weapons? Is this truly the mentality of Africa? If it is, then there is no hope for any of them, and we should just leave them in the dark ages.

  • sesom - 2012-08-03 09:01

    They cannot stop the Arms sale...The Bribe has been Paid...

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