President Jacob Zuma says South Africa will not impose a blanket arms embargo on Zimbabwe despite the breakdown of a unity government there leading to renewed fears of state-sponsored violence and repression.
No SA arms embargo on Zimbabwe planned: Zuma
President Jacob Zuma says South Africa will not impose a blanket arms embargo on Zimbabwe.
Giving a written reply to a Parliamentary question, Zuma said defence exports were considered by the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) on a case by case basis and in adherence with international law, norms and practices as well as SA’s international obligations and commitments, including United Nations Security Council arms embargoes.
There is no UN arms embargo against Zimbabwe.
His comments echo that of NCACC chairman Jeff Radebe who last week said SA would sell sniper rifles to Syria “if it deemed it appropriate.”
The Business Day reported at the time that Radebe also defended arms sales to Libya and Iran saying “no SA laws or obligations to the UN had been violated.”
There are no UN arms embargoes against Iran, Syria or Libya and Western countries are keenly contesting for business with the latter.
The Parliamentary opposition Democratic Alliance party in August questioned SA’s arms exports control, saying the sales of grenade launchers, glide bombs and upgraded military assault rifles to Libya, Syria and Venezuela were not properly authorised by the NCACC.