The Presidency has appointed a new National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC).
In a written reply to a question asked in Parliament, President Jacob Zuma`s office said the “President together with the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans have concluded this matter and the Committee has been appointed.”
The answer did not state the names of the ministers appointed to the NCACC to scrutinise and approve all arms exports.
Their names have reportedly been published in the Government Gazette but the applicable issue could not immediately be located.
defenceWeb understands Justice and Constitutional Development minister Jeff Radebe has been appointed chairman with Science and Technology minister Naledi Pandor his deputy.
Radebe`s spokesman Tladi Tladi confirmed Radebe`s appointment.
The National Conventional Arms Control Act of 2002 largely gives the President a free had in appointing the NCACC, saying only he “must designate one member of the Committee as the chairperson and another as the deputy chairperson, such members being Ministers who do not have a line-function interest in trade in conventional arms.”
The Committee “consists of such Ministers and Deputy Ministers as the President may appoint.” Zuma may also appoint “such other persons to the Committee as the President deems necessary.”
Also on the committee are the ministers of defence, police, state security, trade and industry, public enterprises, international relations and cooperation as well as deputy defence minister Thabang Makwetla, deputy international relations minister Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim and deputy finance minister Nhlanhla Nene.
The Act states that the committee has three objectives, namely to “implement Government policy regarding trade in conventional arms in order to establish, apply and ensure a legitimate, effective and transparent control process in and for Republic, which conforms to international law and the guiding principles and criteria [contained elsewhere in the Act]…”
The last NCACC disbanded in March to allow ministers to concentrate on the April election. Industry has since complained that applications to market and export arms were gathering dust.
The National Council of Province`s Select Committee on Security & Constitutional Affairs last October expressed concern about the NCACC`s capacity to process applications for permission to export arms, and at allegations that delays on the NCACC`s part had resulted in loss of contracts.
Pic: President Jacob Zuma