Parliamentary Question: Arms exports to Madagascar

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Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Development

National Assembly

Questions for Written Reply

QUESTION 1127

Mr D J Maynier (DA) to ask the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development:
(1) With reference to the 2008 annual report of the National Conventional Arms Control Committee, (a) what is the (i) type, (ii) quantity and (iii) total value of the conventional weapons donated to Madagascar, (b) what was the (i) purpose and (ii) date of export of these weapons, (c) what is the name of the person who authorised the deal and (d) on what date(s) was the deal (i) authorised and (ii) ratified;
(2) whether it is the Government’s policy to donate conventional weapons to countries in conflict and instability; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details? NW1283E

REPLY: 



The donation to Madagascar was Communication Equipment, donated free of charge by the South African National Defence Force to Madagascar and the rest of SADC countries. The export of the equipment was authorised by the NCACC for export in October 2008. In Approving exports for conventional arms, the NCACC is guided by the provisions of the National Conventional Arms Control Act as well as guiding principles and criteria as contemplated in the Act.