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Johannesburg - The sale of conventional arms to other countries seems to have cost at least one senior official in the Directorate of Conventional Arms Control her job, after she failed to submit a report to Parliament timeously.
This emerged when the national conventional arms control committee (NCACC) faced accusations that it had failed to provide complete reports to Parliament on conventional arms sales to 94 countries, worth an estimated R13 billion.
DA defence spokesman David Maynier said the committee had failed to comply with the new reporting requirements set out in the National Conventional Arms Control Amendment Act.
“What this means is that the NCACC failed to provide complete reports on conventional arms sales to 94 countries worth R13 262 600 958 to Parliament. The conventional arms sales were authorised in terms of 4 407 export permits issued by the NCACC,” Maynier said.
He said the fact that the committee had not complied with its legislative mandate “is a monumental failure”.
“I would imagine that the head of the Directorate of Conventional Arms Control, Dumisani Dladla’s job is on the line. After all, the former head of the Directorate of Conventional Arms Control, Rochelle Booysen, was reportedly fired simply for missing a deadline for tabling an annual report in Parliament,” Maynier said.
Department of Defence spokesman Siphiwe Dlamini could not confirm the dismissal of officials on Tuesday, referring all questions to the NCACC, which is chaired by Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Jeff Radebe.
Radebe’s spokesman, Mthunzi Mhaga, referred questions back to the Department of Defence.
He added, however, that he would look into the matter and would liaise with the department of defence for further details.
Maynier said the NCACC’s annual and quarterly reports to Parliament were reflecting “limited information”, including the name of the importing state, the category and the value of conventional arms sales.