SA makes billions in foreign arms sales

Cape TownThe arms industry in South Africa has seen the sale of arms to other countries soar to R2.7 billion last year, including to countries in conflict.

The National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) has said in a report – tabled in Parliament recently – that South Africa sold arms to countries including Iraq, Azerbaijan, Kenya, Nigeria and Burundi.

Burundi is in the midst of civil war after President Pierre Nkurunziza extended his term by another five years.

This has sparked civil unrest in the country, leading to what human rights groups call a clampdown on the opposition.

South Africa sold armoured combat vehicles worth R44 million to Burundi last year.

President Jacob Zuma told Parliament three weeks ago that he had signed a military treaty with Nigeria in its battle with insurgent Islamic group Boko Haram.