Who buys our bombs? South African weapons sales listed

10 December 2015 - 11:53 By Bianca Capazorio

The United Arab Emirates were the biggest spenders on South African arms between July and September‚ racking up over R200 million in sales - mostly on bombs. The National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC)‚ which monitors the imports and exports of arms and weapons from South Africa‚ tabled its quarterly report in parliament this week.According to the report‚ 899 export permits were issued to 53 countries.South Africa’s biggest export category between July and September was armoured vehicles: 99 vehicles‚ with a combined value of R230 million were exported to Azerbaijan‚ Cameroon‚ Oman‚ Saudi Arabia and Thailand.Bombs and rockets valued at R213 million were sold to the Netherlands‚ which bought 3 240 mortar bombs‚ and the UAE‚ who bought 6 004 mortar bombs and 150 “various” bombs.Other big spending countries included Saudi Arabia‚ buying around R125 million worth of vehicles‚ transponders and software‚ and Azerbaijan‚ who placed large orders for anti-personnel carrier vehicles‚ sniper rifles and 40mm heavy weaponry.Only three African countries are listed as export destinations. The biggest spender was Cameroon who bought 12 armoured vehicles at a cost of R42 million. Egypt bought a combination of radar and electronic equipment while Botswana bought two airborne observation systems valued at around R14 million.South Africa‚ meanwhile‚ issued 649 import permits‚ with a total import value of just over R165 million.Among the authorised imports were four armoured combat vehicles from Finland valued at R114 million‚ 24 light weapons from Norway‚ Serbia‚ Switzerland and the United States which included rifles‚ machine guns and rocket launchers and 48 grenades from Germany.A cannon‚ valued at nearly R1.5 million was acquired from Switzerland...

There’s never been a more important time to support independent media.

From World War 1 to present-day cosmopolitan South Africa and beyond, the Sunday Times has been a pillar in covering the stories that matter to you.

For just R80 you can become a premium member (digital access) and support a publication that has played an important political and social role in South Africa for over a century of Sundays. You can cancel anytime.

Already subscribed? Sign in below.

Questions or problems? Email helpdesk@timeslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00.