Busa calls on Ramaphosa to clarify Russia arms claims

Busa calls on Ramaphosa to clarify Russia arms claims

Business Unity South Africa says President Cyril Ramaphosa should provide urgent clarity and certainty on allegations that arms may have been supplied to Russia, which is at war with Ukraine.

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The claims have been made by US Ambassador to South Africa, Reuben Brigety II.

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He says arms and ammunition was loaded onto the Russian vessel, The Lady R, which docked at the Simons Town naval base in December.

Busa's Cas Coovadia says they have noted that a commission of inquiry will be established to investigate the claims.

But he says government's response is unsatisfactory as it introduces uncertainty that the country cannot afford.

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"If the allegations are unfounded, to tell us that they are unfounded and to demonstrate why. 

"If the allegations have some merit to them, explain what happened and we don't believe that we wait for the outcomes of a judicial commission of inquiry in the next few months."

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