Labour union urges South African government to scrap export inspections

04 December 2019

South African trade union Solidarity is asking the government to drop mandatory inspections of military exports, on the basis that these measures would damage the national defence industry.

Under the National Conventional Arms Control Act (NCACA), which is administered by the government’s National Conventional Arms Control Committee, countries procuring South African-made defence equipment are required to allow inspections, to ensure that controlled items are not sold without permission to third parties. The mandatory inspections were confirmed on 27 November in a statement from the South African Parliamentary Committee on Defence.

Major importers Algeria, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) “are currently refusing to sign this provision because, according to them, it violates their sovereignty”, Solidarity noted.

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