Thabo Mbeki Says He Doesn't Believe the South African Government Loaded Weapons on Russia's Lady R Cargo Ship

Thabo Mbeki Says He Doesn't Believe the South African Government Loaded Weapons on Russia's Lady R Cargo Ship

  • Former President Thabo Mbeki seems to have serious doubts about the allegation that South Africa supplied weapons to Russia
  • Mbeki stated that South Africa has strict laws when it comes to the exportation of arms to countries engaged in conflict
  • South Africans are unmoved by the former president's opinion and say they want proof

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GUINEA - Former President Thabo Mbeki has shared a few opinions on the allegations that South Africa sold weapons and ammunition to Russia amid the invasion of Ukraine.

Former President Thabo Mbeki at the launch of the Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library at the Thabo Mbeki Foundation
Thabo Mbeki says South African laws do not allow for the export of arms with a country in conflict. Image: Luba Lesolle
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Thabo Mbeki does not believe South Africa sold weapons to Russia

The former statesman does not accept South African officials loaded arms on the Russian ship Lady R in Simons Town last year.

During his visit to Guinea Conakry, Mbeki stated that South Africa has strong laws regarding the regulation of weapons, reports SABC News.

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"The laws of South Africa do not allow for the export of weapons to a country that is in conflict. It's illegal. So, I don't think it happened. If it happened, whoever is responsible must be criminally charged," said Mbeki.

Mbeki also explained that based on his knowledge, South Africa does not produce the sophisticated weapons Russia uses.

South Africa was accused of supplying weapons to Russia last year in December by the US ambassador to South Africa, Reuben E Brigety, during a press conference, according to News24.

South Africans react to Thabo Mbeki's opinions on the alleged sale of arms to Russia

@LekentleM said:

"I agree that by the looks of things here in South Africa, our government doesn't have the capacity to do so."

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@PatrickTPhatudi said:

"I don't trust Thabo Mbeki and his comrades."

@Baloo43511526 said:

"How would he know? He is the one who also believed HIV & AIDS don't exist. He is one of the architects who planned and helped in the destruction of South Africa."

@anewSouthAfrica said:

"So then reveal the cargo manifest that was loaded and unloaded in Simons Town."

@MogomotsiL said:

"Just like he didn’t believe there was a crisis in Zim, but here we are."

@alwaysaredd said:

"Why don't they just produce the logs, and the story goes away, or is it even worse than arms sale."

Mzansi amused by “Russian soldier” with Zulu weapons after US ambassador accuses SA

Briefly News previously reported that people had jokes following accusations that South Africa sold arms to aid Russia against Ukraine. The public was up arms as people shared their opinions about whether or not it could be true.

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Others are convinced that the country does not have the necessary resources to assist Russia, such as the TikTokker who made fun of the accusation. The funny pictures attracted hundreds of comments from many who think South Africa has no arms to trade.

A post by @ripleyswildride shows a clearly edited picture of a Russian soldier in a run-down city while holding a Zulu shield and spear.

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