Mozambique, battling an Islamist insurgency in its Cabo Delgado province, took delivery of two South African built armoured personnel carriers (APCs) earlier this year along with what is only described as an “attack helicopter.”
The value of the rotorcraft is listed at R2 million in the second quarter report of the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC), chaired at that time by Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola.
When he announced changes to his Cabinet earlier this month, President Cyril Ramaphosa named Mondli Gungubele to replace acting Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni. She took the place of Jackson Mthethu, who died in January. defenceWeb asked The Presidency if Gungubele will chair the NCACC, but there was no response at the time of publication.
The APCs are not named, as is standard operating procedure (SOP) for government’s conventional arms control body, but are given a value of just over R7 million. It is likely they are Marauders from Paramount, as these were seen arriving in Mozambique last year. The “attack helicopter” is most likely a refurbished second hand Mi-17 or Gazelle – these are also being delivered to Mozambique via Paramount.
Other continental buyers of South African APC expertise in the second quarter of the current year are Mali (10 valued at R60 million) and Somalia (two, valued at just on R17 million).
Two hundred and twenty-four light South African weapons, no further information supplied, valued at R3.6 million were sold to Angola with Djibouti buying six worth R50 million.
When it comes to ammunition exports South Africa, the NCACC second quarter report states, the country exported more than R1 billion’s worth using 137 authorised export permits to 39 countries. On the other side of the ledger, South Africa imported ammunition valued at R57 million plus from 21 countries.