South Africa blocks arms sales to Saudi and UAE in inspection row

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The dispute centres on a clause in export documents that requires foreign customers to pledge not to transfer weapons to third parties and to allow South African officials to inspect their facilities to verify compliance.

The South African defence industry has become increasingly reliant on exports, which have grown more than 12-fold since 1990 as domestic defence spending has declined.

The industry officials told Reuters that South Africa had long included a clause in its end-user certificates requiring on-site visits, though it was rarely acted upon. "This is what's making some of these countries uncomfortable," Hamilton said."You are encroaching on their sovereignty, and they cannot allow that."


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Unathi_Kwaza Wow

Unathi_Kwaza Saudi Arabia supplies 40% of our crude oil. What does this mea mean for our oil supply?

Eish this is a hard one... We are an ally to Iran which is backing the Huthis in Yemen.. KSA and UAE are comiting war crimes there so selling them weapons to be used against Iran backed side is a stab in the back.. But Denell need this sales. This is tricky..

I think this is fair. We shouldn’t sell arms to countries that violate the sovereignty of others. Our arms should be for self defense only

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