The National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC), tasked with controlling South Africa’s trade in conventional arms, has at the moment ceased to exist as it awaits a new chairperson following the changes in Cabinet.
As the membership of the NCACC depends on Cabinet appointments, and Cabinet committee members are still being appointed, the NCACC is effectively on ice.
The NCACC was previously chaired by Jeff Radebe, who was left out of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s new Cabinet, which was announced last week. Other members of the NCACC are also no longer part of it due to the establishment of the sixth Parliament of South Africa last week.
Ezra Makhosonke Jele from the NCACC told defenceWeb that no-one has yet been appointed as the head of the NCACC and as such the Committee “ceased to exist when the sixth Administration was constituted since the Committee members are drawn from Cabinet, which was only appointed on Thursday 30 May 2019.”
According to Jele, “since this is a legal requirement and process that must be completed, processes are underway. Once appointed the Committee will be published in the Government Gazette as provided for in terms of Section 5(2A) of the National Conventional Arms Control Act.”
One of the tasks of the NCACC is to publish quarterly and annual reports on conventional arms imports and exports. Jele told defenceWeb that all quarterly and annual reports have been filed with Parliament and are published by Parliament as a public document. The latest publicly available NCACC report was for the 2017 calendar year, when South Africa exported more than R3 billion worth of weapons and equipment.