South Africa: IANSA member succeeds in getting arms trade data

According to a revealing dossier released by IANSA member the Ceasefire Campaign, 58 countries receiving arms exports from South Africa between 2000-2009 failed to meet at least one of the criteria required by the National Conventional Arms Control Act. <--break->A total of R13.2-billion worth of arms were sold to countries that did not satisfy these criteria, including five out of South Africa’s top ten arms purchasers (India, United Arab Emirates, Algeria Colombia, and Saudi Arabia) The Ceasefire Campaign stated, “Parliament urgently needs to re-establish the accountability of the National Conventional Arms Control Committee to Parliament itself and, through Parliament, to the people of South Africa. Equally urgently, it needs to ensure that the culture of secrecy ruling there be transformed to a culture of transparency”