Pravin Gordhan Yemen war crimes

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Pravin Gordhan, Denel accused of ‘committing war crimes’ – here’s why…

An investigative team of researchers claims that Denel, under the guidance of Pravin Gordhan, might have ‘profited from the misery’ inflicted upon Yemen.

Pravin Gordhan Yemen war crimes

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A lot of mud has been thrown at Pravin Gordhan over the last few years. He has felt the wrath of both pro-Zuma forces with the ANC, and he remains the EFF’s most prominent nemesis. However, these latest set of accusations do not come from his political rivals – but rather, a team of investigators looking into economic crimes and the situation in Yemen.

Pravin Gordhan, Denel accused in Yemen report

The Middle-Eastern country has been decimated by an ongoing conflict in the region, after clashing with the respective mights of Saudi Arabia and UAE. The devastation has left 80% of citizens in Yemen requiring ‘humanitarian aid’ to survive. And, according to Open Secrets, there’s might be a trail leading from this war back to South Africa.

The group says they have uncovered evidence of ‘billion-rand sales’ to both the Saudis and the Emiratis, including mortar shells and armoured combat vehicles. These weapons of war may now land Pravin Gordhan in some serious trouble, given that Denel – responsible for manufacturing the items – falls under his Public Enterprises portfolio.

The Minister of War Crimes? Here’s what is behind the Pravin Gordhan allegations

  • Both Saudi Arabia and the UAE are involved in Yemen’s humanitarian conflict.
  • The report covers details about an export of war weapons from SA, to the tune of R2.81 billion, to Saudi Arabia.
  • An export of war weapons worth R4.74 billion to the United Arabian Emirates has also, allegedly, been uncovered.
  • Everything from mortars and artillery guns, to ammunition to armoured combat vehicles, form ‘part of the exports’.

DA demand probe into possible Yemen involvement

For the DA, the report is very much a literal smoking gun that ties Pravin Gordhan AND Denel to one of the most brutal ongoing conflicts in the world. Michele Clarke, the party’s shadow minister for Public Enterprises, confirmed that the opposition would now push for a Parliamentary inquiry into any possible South African involvement:

“The DA will write to the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises to request that Pravin Gordhan appear before Parliament to answer for the role of Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) in the civil war in Yemen.”

“In a recent report by Open Secrets, titled ‘Profiting from Misery – South Africa’s war crimes in Yemen‘, it was revealed that RDM might have profited off the Yemeni humanitarian crisis by the sale of weapons to parties central in the conflict.”