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article imageS. African Opposition Demands Documents On ‘Dodgy’ Arms Deals

By Christopher Szabo     Aug 18, 2009 in Politics
South African opposition spokesman David Maynier has demanded more accountability from the South African government. Maynier wants to investigate what he calls “dodgy deals” in arms to undemocratic regimes.
Maynier has called on the government to produce documentation for its arms deals before the parliamentary oversight committee.
Despite attacks by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) the opposition Democratic Alliance (D.A.) shadow defence minister insisted the National Conventional Arms Control Committee release its minutes and supporting documentation to the oversight committee as the only way to clarify the country’s arms sales, according to the Star newspaper and Independent Online. Maynier said
The documents … are the basis on which the NCACC makes its decisions. Therefore they are crucial to understanding its reasoning and must be produced by the NCACC before the meeting with the portfolio committee... if we are to understand how it justified the dodgy deals its has undertaken.
Maynier added:
We will (also) use this as an opportunity to probe how it was that the NCACC authorized military support equipment to be demonstrated and exhibited in North Korea.
The DA has criticized arms sales to countries with questionable human rights records, such as Libya, Syria and Venezuela. The government, for its part, argues that none of these sales are ”illegal” and refuses to enter the debate about the morality of selling arms to these regimes.
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