South Africa Supplied Arms To Zim

News that Pretoria sold ammunition to Harare is revealed in the latest quarterly report of the South African National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC).

This comes amid assurances by Justice Minister and chairman of the NCACC, Jeff Radebe, that his government did not approve permits for the sale of weapons to countries with “political complications”.

Radebe said the list included countries such as Gabon, Syria and Yemen.

The report coincides with news that the Russia was negotiating a deal in which it will supply Zimbabwe with military helicopter gunships in exchange for rights to mine platinum deposits in Darwendale, just outside Harare.

Darwendale is estimated to have the second largest platinum deposits in the world. The area is also rich in palladium, gold, rhodium, nickel and copper.

Russia is reportedly supplying the same type of helicopters to Syria, where the regime in Damascus is accused of ruthlessly suppressing an armed rebellion aiming at toppling it.

China is also reportedly supplying Zimbabwe with arms.

Zimbabwe is going through political upheavals.

Tensions are already rising as the country’s main political parties disagree on the draft constitution they crafted together.
President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) party has made amendments to the draft document arguing it did not properly capture what the people said during the outreach programme.

The two MDC parties led by Morgan Tsvangirai and Welshman Ncube have approved the draft document, setting the tone for another bruising battle with Zanu (PF).