South African Private Military Companies
FOR ORAL REPLY
QUESTION NO 73
QUESTION TIME: 08 SEPTEMBER 2004
MS R TALJAARD (DA) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
(1) Whether the Government has had any contact with
either the Swiss or British governments in respect of
South African private military companies, specifically
two companies (names furnished - Meteoric Tactical Solutions
and Erinys International), for protecting facilities
and officials of the two governments concerned without
having obtained approval for such contracts from the
National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC);
if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;
(2) Whether the Government specifically communicated
the lack of compliance with the provisions of the Regulation
of Foreign Military Assistance Act, 1998 (Act No 15
of 1998), by these firms in contracting with the two
governments concerned; if not, why not; if so, when;
(3) Whether she will make a statement on the matter?
(1) Yes. The Swiss Ambassador in Pretoria approached
the Department of Foreign Affairs on 2 June 2004 with
regard to the South African company that provides, amongst
others, security services to foreign personnel based
in Iraq, including Swiss Embassy personnel in Baghdad.
The British Government has not approached the Department
of Foreign Affairs.
(2) The Department of Foreign Affairs referred the
matter of MTS to the National Conventional Arms Control
Committee (NCACC) for consideration in terms of the
Regulation of Foreign Military Assistance Act (RFMAA).