Breaking News

'SA's gunship gift to Zimbabwe may be unlawful,' says DA

by Mail & Guardian
01 February 2013 | 4194 Views
The Democratic Alliance has called for an immediate investigation into the SANDF's donation of retired military helicopters to the Zimbabwean army.

David Maynier, the DA's defence spokesperson, has written a letter to Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development Jeff Radebe citing concerns that the hardware is "reportedly about to be exported to Zimbabwe without the authorisation of the national conventional arms control committee".

The letter, written to Radebe in his capacity as chairperson of that committee, follows the Mail & Guardian's report last Friday that the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) plans to donate remaindered Alouette III helicopters and spares to the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF).

"If the report in the M&G is correct, then it would seem to me to have been an attempt by the defence department to circumvent the law regulating the trade in conventional arms," Maynier said.

News of the impending donation sparked fears that the military chopper fleet would be used to prop up Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF, as Zimbabwe is scheduled to hold elections later this year.

After the M&G article, lobby group AfriForum won an interim interdict in the North Gauteng High Court freezing the planned transfer.

Court showdown
Now the group is gearing for a court showdown with the defence department to stop the donation altogether.

The interim order is valid until the main court application is hear on February 19.

AfriForum's legal spokesperson, Willie Spies, said the organisation is preparing court papers and is rallying support from international human rights organisations.

"At the moment we are waiting for the [defence] minister's [Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula] answer and after that we will file our reply."

Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change has predicted that the military will interfere in the country's upcoming elections, as it did during the violent 2008 presidential run-off to save Mugabe.




South Africa's defence department has defended the donation, saying that it stemmed from "a decision that was taken by the former and first minister of defence, Joe Modise, in 1997 when [the Alouettes] were being phased out.

"How the donation of the spares to the ZDF relates to the forthcoming elections in that country is difficult to understand. 

Unlawful Gunship

Source: Mail & Guardian

Should airtime and street vendors pay the $1 a day State levy?

Yes
11.2%
No
82.6%
Desperation
6.2%
839

Comments

News Updates

Email:

Latest News

Bleeding ear sends nurses into panic - Lack of knowledge about how the...

by Staff reporter | 29 August 2014 | 60 Views

Housing associations under check in Harare - The sprouting of resident...

by Staff Reporter | 29 August 2014 | 352 Views

Zim govt signs mining deal with Chinese company - The government and a...

by Staff Reporter | 29 August 2014 | 468 Views

BCC statement on water cuts in Bulawayo - CITY OF BULAWAYOPRESS RELEAS...

by Staff Reporter | 29 August 2014 | 1120 Views

Murdered pregnant woman found without the foetus - POLICE are investig...

by Kingstone Mapupu | 29 August 2014 | 1963 Views

Hubby assaults wife over conjugal rights - AN octogenarian from Marang...

by Clara Mudefi | 29 August 2014 | 1625 Views

Granny burnt to death - A 90-YEAR-OLD Chipinge granny was last week bu...

by Staff reporter | 29 August 2014 | 923 Views

Hefty headman's fine leads to suicide - FAILURE to stomach a hefty fin...

by Luthando Mapepa | 29 August 2014 | 1159 Views

Unseen stones pelt boy (12)

by Ray Bande | 29 August 2014 | 1321 Views

Efforts to save little Russell fruitful

by Staff reporter | 29 August 2014 | 1025 Views

Politics without 'Chimurenga' is vague - In as much as Zimbabweans fro...

by Caitlin Kamba | 29 August 2014 | 1191 Views

Tribal tensions in Matebeleland as land row widens - The people of Mat...

by Staff reporter | 29 August 2014 | 2389 Views

'Zimdollar return suicidal,' says RBZ boss - Government should not re...

by Taurai Mangudhla | 29 August 2014 | 1988 Views

Mugabe confronts Mavhaire over factionalism - THE Zanu-PF succession d...

by Elias Mambo | 29 August 2014 | 3373 Views

Let's resolve Medical Aid Societies and Health Service providers impas...

by Suitable Kajau | 29 August 2014 | 1044 Views

Let's revisit death penalty now - Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Af...

by Suitable Kajau | 29 August 2014 | 1567 Views

Prince Harry's Zimbabwean ex to wed - The ex-girlfriend of Britain's ...

by Staff reporter | 29 August 2014 | 3614 Views

Dembare's Mutuma, Murape kiss and make-up

by Augustine Hwata | 29 August 2014 | 2083 Views

Magistrate probed for abuse of office - A Masvingo magistrate, Jabulan...

by Staff reporter | 29 August 2014 | 1749 Views

Exiled fugitive secessionist predicts Zanu-PF implosion - EXILED fugit...

by Staff reporter | 29 August 2014 | 2547 Views

Bulawayo sues Econet

by Staff reporter | 29 August 2014 | 2188 Views

'Prophet' tells family to undress, steal their money

by Staff reporter | 29 August 2014 | 2442 Views

Zanu-PF invaders thrown out of Dabengwa's farm by police - ABOUT 150 Z...

by Staff reporter | 29 August 2014 | 1955 Views

Sinda Ngulube elected new BICC bishop - THE Brethren in Christ Church ...

by Staff reporter | 29 August 2014 | 913 Views

Wife tells hubby to quench 'sexual thirst' on their daughter

by Prosper Dembedza | 29 August 2014 | 3869 Views

Mnangagwa's name used for fraud

by Fungai Lupande | 29 August 2014 | 1363 Views

Mutambara's former aide jailed

by Court Reporter | 29 August 2014 | 1438 Views

Wife starves HIV+ hubby - An HIV-positive man yesterday told the Hara...

by Court Reporter | 29 August 2014 | 1918 Views

Entertainment

ZBC receives TV programmes from South Korea - The Korean Ambassador to...

by Staff Reporter | 29 August 2014 | 230 Views

Roki cancels SA show

by Sophia Chese | 29 August 2014 | 1050 Views

Zimbabwe Got Talent on the cards - CHINESE Federation of Zimbabwe (CFZ...

by Staff reporter | 28 August 2014 | 1251 Views

Tuku to Deliver Inaugural Hugh Masekela Lecture

by Staff Reporter | 28 August 2014 | 1315 Views

Controversy over Bev's album - Newly-appointed Msasa Bricks Ambassador...

by Staff reporter | 27 August 2014 | 1956 Views

Viewers slam 'sub-standard' ZBCtv program - VARIOUS ZBCtv viewers have...

by Staff reporter | 27 August 2014 | 2058 Views

John Legend cancels Zimbabwe show

by Showbiz Reporter | 27 August 2014 | 4256 Views

Macheso's yet to be released album sold on Harare streets - Pirates ha...

by Staff reporter | 26 August 2014 | 2907 Views