Over the last 4 days of October 2010 a remarkable conference was held in London at the Swedish church there. Attended by delegates from all continents the focus of attention was the proliferation of conventional armaments around the world in recent years and the impact of this upon the prospects of achieving world peace. Dubbed […]
Arms Deals Case
A South African perspective on Gothenburg IV. During the last week of October 2010 a conference organised by four Swedish based organisations which support faith based advocacy for disarmament was held in London under the title “Gothenburg Process IV”. The arms trade came under critical scrutiny from a variety of participants drawn from faith based […]
The deliberations of the conference of the Gothenburg Process held in London in October 2010 provide the opportunity for reflection upon the effectiveness and efficacy of faith based advocacy for disarmament. Now in its tenth year, the Gothenburg Process is driven by four Swedish organisations which have, through their tenacity and vision, extended the scope […]
There was a flurry in the parliamentary standing committee on public accounts (SCOPA) dovecote last week when the SAPS top brass in the form of head of the Hawks, Anwar Dramat, asked whether it would be “in the national interest” to pursue further investigations into the arms deals. He asked bemused members of SCOPA for […]
Letter by Terry Crawford-Browne to SCOPA chairman Themba Godi The Arms Deal 1. Locus Standi: I was appointed by Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane to represent the Anglican Church during the 1996-1998 Parliamentary Defence Review. In keeping with the 1995 Defence White Paper, the stance of the Church was that poverty was the critical security issue facing […]
Attending a Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) hearing is a bit like watching paint dry; until it bursts into flames. Ably chaired by Themba Godi, the committee goes about its work with a careful eye on the parliamentary Friday clock that does not have any working hours on it after lunch time. Last Friday […]
Andrew Feinstein’s speech delivered at Campaign Against Arms Trade’s 2009 National Gathering.