African writer: South Africa must prevent arms from being sent to Turkey

The writer Shannon Ibrahim said that South Africa should prevent sending arms shipments of weapons sold to countries involved in the war, including shipments of ammunition to Turkey despite the United Nations' call for a ceasefire in Syria and Libya during a pandemic COVID-19.

Ibrahim said in an analysis published by the African newspaper LOI, "According to the closure regulations issued after the coronavirus outbreak, it is allowed to transport essentials only like medical supplies and stranded migrants abroad across the border, how six Turkish military cargo planes were allowed to enter the country and return home full with the military equipment provided by " Rheinmetall Denil Munition ".

Ibrahim added that the shipments raised serious questions about transparency, and why South Africa conducts such transactions when Turkey participates in military operations in both Syria and Libya.

Ibrahim said that the National Commission for the Control of Conventional Arms in South Africa, had failed to authorize it to control the export of arms to Turkey, where it is suspected that the munitions were intended for use in war zones.

"The devastating humanitarian crisis that arose in the wake of the Turkish military aggression should have been a sufficient reason to ban the NCACC (National Commission for the Control of Conventional Arms in South Africa) i.e. military sales from Rheinmetall Dinel Munition to Turkey, but the company was allowed to sell weapons to Turkey on over the past two years. "

South African Daily Maverick reports that many Turkish military transport planes full of medical equipment were airlifted to Cape Town and returned to Turkey with military ammunition from the manufacturer of the ammunition "Rheinmetall Denil Munition".



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