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Thwala, Phumelele. 2004 ‘Illegal Firearms.’ Hide and Seek: Taking Account of Small Arms in Southern Africa, p. 274. Pretoria: Institute for Security Studies. 1 October

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Sishi and Meek suggest that Swaziland has been an arms smuggling transit point for conflict areas in southern and central Africa, particularly prior to 1994.(19)

If this is the case, it is possible that some of these weapons remained within the confines of Swaziland's borders. Swaziland has also been linked with Victor Bout, a controversial international arms dealer who has allegedly violated numerous arms embargoes. In 1997 Air Cess Swaziland, one of Bout's transport companies, was registered in Swaziland. This company was allegedly used for gun-running.(20)

The Arms and Ammunition Act does not legislate against brokering, which means that such activities are not illegal…


19) Sishi, E. "Small Arms in Southern Africa", 1998.
Meek, S. Weapons flows in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, ISS monograph no. 34,
Pretoria, 1999.

20) Van Niekerk, P and Verloy, A. "'Merchant of Death' Sold Arms to Taliban", International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, 2002.

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