SA 2008 defence exports total R5.8bn

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South Africa exported arms worth R5.8b n ($736.5 million) worth of arms to countries including Iraq, Sudan and Saudi Arabia last year, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe told Parliament this morning, the Bloomberg news service reports.  
Radebe heads the National Conventional Arms Control Committee and is this morning accounting to the National Assembly`s Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans (PCODMV).  
The meeting was initially to be closed to the public but PCODMV chairman Mnyamezeli Booi yesterday reversed that decision.
Radebe was scheduled to present the NCACC`s 2008 annual report – that should have been tabled by law by March 31 – and answer questions about alleged irregularities in approving some recent exports as well as inefficiencies at the NCACC.