Implication of South African-based Companies, Entities, and/or Individuals in any International Atomic Energy Reports

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QUESTION NO 526

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 17 OF 27 AUGUST 2004

MS R TALJAARD (DA) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

Whether any (a) South African and/or (b) South African-based companies, entities, and/or individuals have been implicated in any International Atomic Energy Agency reports on Libya's nuclear weapons programme; if so, (I) what is the name of each and (ii) what are the further relevant details? N732E

REPLY:

(a) and (b) No South African companies or individuals have been identified in reports presented by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Libya's nuclear weapons programme.

The Directorate of National Public Prosecutions, the South African Police Service and the Council for the Non-Proliferation of Weapon of Mass Destruction, however, recently conducted a search at the premises of two South African companies, Tradefin Engineering and Krisch Engineering, with a view to the prosecution of the companies and individuals involved for transgressions of the provisions of the Act on the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (Act No. 87 of 1993) and the Act on Nuclear Energy (Act No. 46 of 1999). A number of arrests have been made, and the case has attracted widespread publicity. The IAEA has been co-operating with the South African authorities in these investigations.

In view of the South African Government's principled policy on disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control, which is designed to prevent the transfer of any military equipment and/or material, equipment or technologies that could be used for the development or production of weapons of mass destruction to countries of proliferation concern, any attempted proliferation of these capabilities would be viewed in an extremely serious light.

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