Over half the 2524 vehicles were exported to all corners of the world in 2006 and 2007 alone, according to figures provided to the United Nations.
While the Democratic Alliance (DA) has been condemning the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) for being derelict in tabling
According to the DA, the NCACC last published an annual report in 2005. This contained data for 2003 and 2004. The 2005 report was classified “confidential” and the 2006 report “secret”, despite a legal requirement that this be a public document.
Despite being classified in SA some of the information was provided to the UN and placed in the public domain there. The UN has not yet published SA`s 2008 data, although it has this information for many other counties.
The UN Register tabulates the export of 692 vehicles to seven countries and the UN in 2007. In 2006 620 vehicles were exported to 11 nations and the UN, while nine countries as well as a Norwegian nongovernmental agency received 236 vehicles in 2005. The 2004 figure was 305, also to nine countries and two NGOs.
The UN encourages member states to declare arms exports as well as imports in seven categories:
II Armoured Combat Vehicles
III Large calibre artillery
IV Combat aircraft
V Attack helicopters
VII Missiles and missile launchers
There appears to be no special category for small and light weapons (SALW), universally decried as the main killer in African conflicts. Many countries, including, for example,
SA, by contrast, has never disclosed SALW movements, some of which appear to be at the heart of the DA`s concerns, including the alleged sale of assault rifles and grenade launchers to
In 2006 SA also disclosed the export of 11 Aermacchi MB326 Impala fighter trainers to
2003 also saw the export of six G5 155mm towed gun-howitzers to
Other exports listed was the donation of 24 G2 140mm howitzers to
The UN Register only reflects declared imports from 2003, noting in addition to Strategic Defence Package purchases the import of 100 102mm Super Palisade chaff rockets for the SA Navy from
Pic: A Casspir APC in Ugandan service as part of the AU Mission in Somalia.