SA court halts donation of helicopters to Zim defence force

A French built Alouette III helicopter

By Alex Bell
25 January 2013

A South African court on Friday granted an interim interdict to halt the delivery of a fleet of helicopters to Zimbabwe, amid fears of another violent election there this year.

The entire fleet of French built Alouette III helicopters and spare parts have been set aside as a ‘donation’ by the South Africa National Defence Force (SANDF) to the Zimbabwe Defence Force.

But South African civil rights group AfriForum applied for the interdict on Friday, arguing that Zimbabwe’s human rights record, and the role that the country’s military has played in previous elections, support fears of future violence during the next poll.

“Indications are that the Zimbabwean Defence Force is increasing its visibility, mobility and presence all over Zimbabwe ahead of the national elections scheduled for later this year. The Zimbabwean Defence Force stepped in to back President Robert Mugabe in the 2008 presidential run-off and that military operation involved a systematic, brutal crackdown on MDC supporters,” AfriForum said.

Last week, AfriForum’s legal representatives wrote to the South Africa Minister of Defence, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula as well as Justice Minister Jeff Radebe, (who chairs the National Conventional Arms Control Committee, the NCACC) about speculation that the SANDF had decided to donate its Alouette fleet to Zimbabwe.

The ministers were given seven days to respond to the letter, but AfriForum did not receive any answer or explanation. Instead spokespeople for both ministers confirmed to the Mail & Guardian newspaper that the donation was finalised and that delivery of the helicopters was imminent.

According to AfriForum’s legal representative, Willie Spies, the group’s reasons for seeking an interdict are primarily to do with Zimbabwe’s human rights record. He explained that in terms of South African law, the NCACC “must consider certain principles before a transaction for the disposal of military equipment to another country is authorised.” He said these principles include, amongst others, the human rights-record of the country in question.

“We all know the human rights history of Zimbabwe and what happened in the 2008 elections. There are so many reports of military helicopters being used to provide transport for militia groups, to intimidate people, to unleash terror. It cannot be right for it to happen again and South Africa cannot be an accomplice to this,” Spies said.

He explained that the donation is also considered by many to be a “circumvention of a European Union arms embargo against Zimbabwe,” as a result of the South African government’s disposal of French imported spare parts to Zimbabwe.

The interim order granted Friday will remain until the main application is finalised by 19 February 2013.

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41 Responsesto “SA court halts donation of helicopters to Zim defence force”

  1. Chimbwidos Warvets says:

    But remember there are Russian and Chinese flying drones and copters that are more deadly which can be used to greater effect if the situation demands. South Africa is only a recipient of helicopters as it has no capacity of manufacturing sophisticated military hardware. So my warning to you guys is not to play games that may be a catalyst to the deployment of these deadly things. Oh gosh no no Aah, flying drones and copters can really be disastrous.

    • david taylor says:

      Gadhaffi had even more advanced weaponry, and look what happened to him. He got shot and dragged around the streets. “Oh gosh no no Aah”

      • Chimbwidos Warvets says:

        Remember at all times that the French and Americans had no legal right in meddling in the internal affairs of Libya. And Gaddafi was not killed by his own people but by foreigners who had the oil of the country at the back of their heads. They financed rebels just as they are financing the MDC to effect regime change in Zimbabwe. But Zimbabwe is a different kind of fish. We have Chinese and Russians on our side with flying drones and copters we can quickly deploy should the need arise. In addition, we have an added advantage for having participated in guerrilla warfare which no European or American soldiers can operate. Should they try to play games in my country, they will live to regret it because it will be a war they will never win. This is no intimidation but reality, boy.

        • obviously your telivison must have been off in the the power cuts in zimbabwe when they showed gadaffi recieving JUSTICE from LIBYANS

          • Chimbwidos Warvets says:

            You do not know the power games that are employed to control the minds of people to kill their own kith and kin. First you need to know your own history to be able to appreciate that our own people were used not long ago to kill their own people by Ian Smith. The selous scouts whose majority were black soldiers were used to exterminate thousands of our gallant sons and daughters in Mozambique, Zambia, Angola and Botswana just for money and to promote the interests of foreign powers. It all about maintaining power by known foreign powers to own and control our human and natural resources we have in abundance, boy. Countries that have no natural resources of their own play power games to control the mind of people, control petroleum, diamonds, gold, platinum and other resources they do not have in their own countries. And the good thing is that we are fully aware of these games, mate.

          • Tora Bora says:

            How about the Gukurahundis who slaughtered thousands. Can we assume they were foreign sponsored by the Koreans?

          • themba ndebele says:

            Since I am in Zimbabwe and have enough power, money and access to information without be ignorant of international affairs, please watch this, “Muammar Gaddafi was fighting against theilluminati and the reason why he was killed.” Not everyone in Zimbabwe is brainwashed, just as everyone outside is working a security guards or care workers. Not everyone is the UK earn £5000 every month, as we were told, as most live on credit. Zimbabwe Airforce uses Mi-24V and Mi-35P, Mi-8T Hip-C, Agusta-Bell 412SP, Aerospatiale SA-316B Alouette III Helicopters, just for your information.

          • Well thanks for the information temba next time you in bulawayo look me up .

            Mi-24V Mi-35P and The airforce has 9 how many flying im not sure

            Mi-8T Hip-C They have 2 only

            Agusta-Bell 412SP About 12 of these and some were equiped with rockets for use in the congo

            Aerospatiale SA-316B and Alouette III Helicopters About 8 of these helicopters all together

            Yes they do use these aircraft , but sadly what is your point you have not made it so i cannot even try to reply.

    • Where does the money come from then we cannot look after our people let alone feed our people and cyber tools like you are encouraging more killing of our people

      • Chimbwido Warvet says:

        People should own their businesses and not to always expect handouts from foreign countries. That slave and colonial mentality that you can not be masters of your own destiny can no longer be sustainable in this 21st century.

        • People should own their businesses and not to always expect handouts from foreign countries. I agree but what has that got to do with this (remember there are Russian and Chinese flying drones and copters that are more deadly which can be used to greater effect if the situation demands) Russia and China do not donate high end military equipment .THERE is a price . Answer my question , do not deviate .

          • Yepec says:

            Chimbwido Warvet, your sense of justice amazes the readers. Ultimately, your comments are a vendatta calling out for revenge or creation of an ever present guard against white people, especially, in Zimbabwe. Never, in the History of Mankind, has such an oppression carried out in the name of protecting a vulnerable group.

            The yesteryear injustice committed by the whites on the blacks are regarded as a justification for carrying out the oppressive actions seemingly to protect the black people by the tyrannical groups in power, e.g, Zanu PF elites in association with the War Veterans and the criminal gangs in the country. Whatever the actions, are carried out in defence of the eventual oppression of the blacks by the whites, therefore, the justification.

            Even though, the helicopters and their equipment were to be used against the electorate, the acquisition is said to strengthen a black country against the conspiring, white, NATO countries. As such there is no wrong done in protecting Zimbabwe since there cannot be any injustice when carrying out the deeds that protect the vulnerable against the inherently racist whites. But the truth of the matter is, these are the manifestations of tyranny, despotic rule and dictatorship in sheep’s clothes.

          • Chimbwidos Warvets says:

            You talk of the readership as if you represent them. I was only reacting to the above article. If you have issues, please direct them to the originator of the article.

          • Chimbwidos Warvets says:

            Law abiding Zimbabweans have nothing to fear. It is those who want to take the law in their hands that will be dealt with most severely. My advice to you is that your party should fight very hard to win the forthcoming elections and you will then allow all so-called human rights to play their well known games. Nobody will bother them because the present government will be out of the scene and your Tsvangirai of the MDC will then be calling the shots. Until that comes to fruition, people still have to respect the government that is in power and play by the rules of the government in power. It is that simple, mate.

          • Ras says:

            You do not respect a government that does not respect the people who put it in power. Respect is earned by your actions

          • Chimbwidos Warvets says:

            You abide by the laws that are in place be it a ZANU PF or MDC leg government. That is the rule of the game and control mate. Any funny tricks will be dealt with even when your political party becomes a government, if ever it becomes one, mate. Rules are rules no matter what you think of them, they still remain rules. We do not always have it our way all the time mate. If we did, I could be having my own helicopter I will be flying out in the skies.

          • You state (You abide by the laws that are in place be it a ZANU PF or MDC leg government. That is the rule of the game and control mate)

            LETS clarify this statement.Even if the laws in place are wrong we should obey them. and heres me thinking that Government’s first duty is to protect the people by just laws from the minority to the majority .. all citizens.

            Second

            Second

            Interesting so you say (( Rules are rules no matter what you think of them, they still remain rules.) Remember we have Good rules Bad rules . History shows that When the people fear the government, there is tyranny always, you welcome to dispute this as we have a democratic forum. I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant .MOSTLY i believe “One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” . A CIVIC duty if you must after all Goverments are put in power by the people not the other way round, As children we are taught good rules by our parents and familys , what is right and what is wrong , i was never told by any of my elders to follow or abide rules or laws that are wrong .

            Plainly speaking this whole post of yours is an insult to what the War of independance was about .(

            Plainly speaking this whole post of yours is an insult to what the War of independance was about .(

            You abide by the laws that are in place be it a ZANU PF or MDC leg government.) When smith was in power if it were not for people disobeying unjust laws and not abiding as you would want independance would never have been achieved. Lucky for us our freedom fighters disagreed about abiding by laws that are in place and the rule of the game .

            YOU need to know your past before openning mouth in the future

          • Chimbwidos Warvets says:

            Let me be clear to you as it seem to me you are not acquainted with the operations and functions of the laws of your country. People have to obey the laws of the land for the simple reason that your representatives who are in Parliament make the laws. Laws are not made by Mugabe, your archenemy or government but by your representatives in Parliament. Mugabe only signs into law only those pieces of legislation that will have been debated and agreed upon in Parliament by your representatives.
            As a matter of principle, you can not then turn around and say they made bad laws when it is your chosen representatives who made the laws. If you are not happy with the laws of the land, the established protocol is to ask your representatives to change the laws or to vote them out of Parliament. It is this straightforward.

          • If that were only the case ,then we would not be having the problems zimbabwe is having today .Thank goodness our freedom fighters never had anybody of your ilk to advise them or no chimurenga would have even begun .remember Chidembo hachinzwi kunhuhwa kwacho.

          • Chimbwidos Warvets says:

            How would you know unless you have been a ‘chidembo’ yourself mate? You will then be able to talk of the odor from experience mate.

          • Like i have said ,People are blind to their own faults you are the perfect example

          • Chimbwidos Warvets says:

            Law abiding Zimbabweans have nothing to fear. It is those who want to take the law in their hands that will be dealt with most severely. My advice to you is that your party should fight very hard to win the forthcoming elections and you will then allow the proliferation of the so-called human rights groups to play their well known games in Zimbabwe. Nobody will bother them because the present Mugabe government will be out of the scene and your Tsvangirai of the MDC will then be calling the shots. Until that comes to fruition, people still have to respect the government that is in power and play by the rules of the government in power. It is that simple, mate.

        • Tora Bora says:

          So let’s start with all the labour force at Gushungo farm. They should get shares so they can own businesses as well. Katsukuviri can do the same at Com oil.

          • Chimbwidos Warvets says:

            The subject under review is about the donation of lethal armaments to Zimbabwe and that is what I am interested to talk about.

  2. Tora Bora says:

    We have hit rock bottom. Donations of used helicopters. Soon used condoms on the way. Kikikiki…..

  3. jj says:

    yes please may the court help people by stopping the donation to kill innocent people

  4. GBZ says:

    Psalm 33:16 – 22

    16 No king is saved by the size of his army;
    no warrior escapes by his great strength.
    17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
    despite all its great strength it cannot save.
    18 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
    on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
    19 to deliver them from death
    and keep them alive in famine.

    20 We wait in hope for the Lord;
    he is our help and our shield.
    21 In him our hearts rejoice,
    for we trust in his holy name.
    22 May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
    even as we put our hope in you.

    God will bless Zimbabwe, be assured!

    • Chimbwidos Warvets says:

      Another attempt to control the mind and soul of the Zimbabwean people through the use of the bible. It worked perfectly well during the partition of Africa and colonial times when our people were told to hold out for pies in the sky and not here on Mother Earth. Today the majority of our people are wiser and can no longer be fooled by reading to them the psalm 33 and neither do they believe in the supernatural-being in the so-called heavens.

      • Jah Moyo says:

        Howcome we are still slaves my brother?

        • Chimbwidos Warvets says:

          It is the mentality that was ingrained in us during slavery and colonialism which we do not want to eradicate. We still believe if Europeans or whites do not help us we will be dead the following day. This is far from the truth because we are just as good as any other human being on this planet if given an opportunity. But you and me know too well that the black people of Zimbabwe never had the opportunity to use the full potential for close to two hundred years.

          It is this foolish and stupid slave mentality we should get rid of because we have the brains to look after ourselves as proud black people of this nation. We should hold our heads high and be a proud people capable of running our political and economic affairs without the influence of foreigners.

      • Common Sense says:

        The majority of people? And you know that for a fact how?
        Let’s see how he makes the earth move this year

      • Daisy says:

        What do you see when you look in the mirror everyday? A man of integrity, honour and stature? A Man that his sons or daughters look up to? Or is it a case of do as I say, not do as I do? Or are you someone who is all mouth with no heart or Principles? Or maybe you are only a midget, possibly 4-5 foot tall and have to wear special shoes to make you look or appear bigger that you really are? Maybe you were told at school you would not amount to anything! What are you trying to prove? Is your head that big???? Be very careful what you say about God’s Word….. You may find yourself falling into His Hands! Hope you will be ready with your big mouth then to give Him an explanation…… or will you be at a loss for words? I kind of like the idea of seeing you flat on your face…… begging Him for forgiveness!

        • Chimbwidos Warvets says:

          I am a disciple of Professors Richard Dawkins of Oxford University, Peter Singer of Melbourne University and renowned scholar and academic Christopher Hitchens who taught me that there are no gods whatsoever. These guys who are distinguished intellectuals are surely cleverer than you Daisy. And besides, I believe in science based arguments which no no one can contest as it is proven through the naked eye. I have been looking forward to seeing god and christ since I was borne but I have not seen them. I am almost sixty years old and yet I haven’t seem them.
          This has been one of the greatest deception to mankind that there is god and Jesus christ and foolishly and ignorantly the black people of Zimbabwe were told to ignore their own tradition and culture they had practised for centuries in order to worship a god they never knew and believed before. We were told our belief systems, culture and tradition belonged to pagans and that only the teachings of jesus would bring salvation to the people of Zimbabwe but these were all blue lies. Our customs and traditions some of which have been lost were more superior than the so-called god and jesus christ.

          • Daisy says:

            I will pray for you!

          • Chimbwidos warvets says:

            I am afraid, I do not believe in theism. It is a mirth and pack of lies intended to control the mind that has been used successfully to own and control other human beings. Remember the first British slave ship to reach the Americas was called Good Ship Jesus and was owned by Sir John Hawkins, a very pious man.

            As a deeply religious man, Hawkins insisted that his crew “serve god daily” and “love another”. His ship, ironically called “the good ship Jesus,” left the shores of his native England for Africa in October 1562. Hawkins reached the shores at Sierra Leone, and it is widely reported that in a short space of time he had gathered three hundred blacks slaves in his possession. On being question how he had done it, Hawkins claimed to have acquired them “partly by using the sword and partly by other means,” which he does not tell the reader.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thank you ANC. Your loyal support to Zanu PF by providing helicopters to hunt down MDC-T supporters across Zimbabwe hasn’t gone unnoticed. The people of Zimbabwe, who assisted you during apatheid, will never forget what great traitors you have become. Thank God that there are people and organs like Afriforum and the South African judicial system who are prepared to stand for civilisation alongside the people of Zimbabwe to prevent more bloodshed being perpetrated by Zanu PF with ANC assistance of helicopter gun ships

  6. Anonymous says:

    I deeply thank the South Africans for stopping the donation of helicopters to Zimababwe. We all know the cruelity of this ZANU(PF). It destroyed our country and killed our innocent people . This donation is well appreciated but we well come it after the departure of Mugabe and his cruel crew. Come elections.

  7. Yepec says:

    The SADC organisation is full of if not made up of dictators and despots This is not the first time it has been said but the first to be proven beyond doubt that even Zuma, is not what he says he is or different from Mbeki. While SADC and Zuma are saying that no elections under the old Constitution in the country, the South Africa Defence Forces (under the same Zuma), are making hasty preparations to deliver a gift of their entire fleet of helicopters and spare parts to the Zimbabwe Airforce. Do the readers think that Zuma is what he says he is after authorising this lethal gift? How different is from the partisan, Chihuri Police? “Vakuru havana kunyepa pavakati rinemanyanga hariputirwe”.

  8. Chimbwidos Warvets says:

    Always deleting my articles, when are you going to stop this game of stifling debate? Let people air their views if your claim that you are democrats is to be understood.

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