Armscor has taken note of statements by BDS and Mandla Mandela M.P. on the sale of arms to Israel. Armscor states for the record that it has not supplied any weapons to Israel or had any joint projects with Israel.
Armscor, via its Senior Manager: Corporate Communication Liziwe Nkonyana, said in a statement it has “no contact” with Israel.
The buying and selling of, or possession of controlled items (armaments and/or items or services with military application) is subject to the very strict control regime implemented by the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC). The NCACC is established to ensure compliance with government policy in respect of arms control.
The NCACC implements control measures in relation to transactions where such controlled items are exported. No person may buy, sell, or be in possession of controlled items, unless that person
is registered with the NCACC and in possession of a permit authorised and issued by the NCACC. Therefore, any Defence Industry Company or Arms Manufacturer who are trading
with arms or controlled items must apply to the NCACC, to authorise the issue of a permit subject to such conditions as the NCACC may decide upon.
The NCACC considers and evaluate all applications and in doing so also consider the destination country and end-user where the arms will be used.
The issue of an arms embargo is a matter of government policy. It is confirmed that Armscor complies with all the provisions of the NCACC Act, and executes its mandate in accordance
with the national security interest of the Republic and applicable Government policy in this regard. In adhering to these principles, Armscor has no contact with Israel in respect of the buying or selling of weapons.