Govt’s demand for in-situ inspections at defence equipment clients damaging local industry - union

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Trade union Solidarity has appealed to the Government and to the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) to withdraw a demand that customer countries of the South African defence industry allow South African officials to visit and inspect their military installations. These inspections would be to ensure that they are adhering to the End-User Certificates, adherence to which is a precondition for being allowed to buy South African weapons. An End-User Certificate prohibits a country, which has bought defence systems covered by such documentation, from transferring or selling those systems to other users. Recently, South Africa brought in the extra provision that required the in-situ inspections to ensure customer compliance with the Certificate. Those countries which have bought South African weapons are refusing to accept the demand, on the grounds that it violated their national sovereignty. Consequently, exports to these countries were now being held up.

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