Lady R Report Rubbishes US Allegations That SA Sold Weapons to Russia, Reveals Arms Were Meant for SA

Lady R Report Rubbishes US Allegations That SA Sold Weapons to Russia, Reveals Arms Were Meant for SA

  • The report on whether South Africa provided Russia with weapons and ammunition has finally been released
  • A three-member independent panel found that The allegations will not 100% true and that it was, in fact, the other way around
  • Lady R was allegedly carrying arms and ammunition that the SADNF had ordered from Russia before the Covid-19 pandemic strike

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PRETORIA- The investigation into the allegations that South Africa supplied Russia with weapons has finally been concluded. President Cyril Ramaphosa received the Lady R report on Friday afternoon, 4 August.

The Lady R report was handed to President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday, 5 August
The Lady R report found that South Africa did not provide Russia with weapons and ammunition. Image: @simaxis/Twitter & Igor Rozvodovskyi/Getty Images
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Much of the report was deemed confidential and only for Ramaphosa’s eyes due to the sensitive nature of the information it contained. However, sources in the security cluster reveal the report's main findings to City Press.

Lady R report find SA didn’t supply Russia with arms, Russia gave SA weapons

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An independent three-member panel led by retired judge Phineas Mojapelo found that a South African shipment of weapons and ammunition intended for Russia was not loaded onto the Lady R cargo vessel. Instead, the report claimed the ship carried an old order the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) placed to Russia before the Covid-19 pandemic hit.

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The report also revealed that food and other supplies were loaded onto the ship for its return to Russia.

SANDF orders arms from Russia to help fight extremists

The Citizen reported that the SANDF was in a hurry to get the delivery because of a chronic lack of ammunition to support the Mozambican army in fighting extremist groups.

The finding aligns with Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise’s defence after the accusations were dropped.

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Modise released a statement insisting that the cargo was offloaded was an old order that coils not be delivered when the world was in lockdown.

South Africans divided over the Lady R report

Below are some comments:

@Mo_Magoda claimed:

"If we had a leader in Union Buildings, that ambassador of the US would be packing up his bags right now."


"South Africans have learned from the Russians how to lie. Everyone knows how the Russians can lie about and deny almost anything."

@AntiDarkSide advised:

"Don't buy that cover-up."

@Thuso1Africa commented:

"So, the American ambassador lied."

@CliveJiyane added:

"Weapons or no weapons they must stay in their lane."

Mzansi amused by “Russian soldier” with Zulu weapons after US ambassador’s accusations against SA

Briefly News previously reported 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 an edited picture of a Russian soldier holding a Zulu shield and spear in a run-down city.

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