Foreign arms sales bring billions to South Africa
Buyers of South African defence industry products last year included Azerbaijan, Burundi, Kenya and Nigeria according to the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) 2015 report, which noted that South Africa exported R2.7 billion worth of arms last year. The report was recently tabled in Parliament and includes sales to countries involved in conflict. Burundi, where president Pierre Nkurunziza recently extended his term by another five years and where civil war is raging, bought armoured combat vehicles valued at R44 million from South African suppliers. In addition to armoured combat vehicles worth just on R65 million, South Africa also sold R1.28 million worth of artillery, R9.7 million worth of bombs and ammunition valued at R31.8 million to Nigeria. South Africa also supplied armoured combat vehicles to MINUSCA, the UN mission in the war-torn Central African Republic (CAR). In the Middle East the Iraqi government has been fighting Islamist rebels since the fall of Saddam Hussein in the early 2000s. This Middle Eastern country bought South African combat vehicles to the value of just over R160 million and missile launchers worth just on R44 million from South Africa defence industry companies last year.