Explosives did not have a transit permit as
The SA Council for the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (NPC) has confirmed that explosives additives found on the 'Lada' currently arrested near Port Elizabeth, did not have a transit permit as required in the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction Act
The SA Council for the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (NPC) has confirmed that explosives additives found on the 'Lada' currently arrested near Port Elizabeth, did not have a transit permit as required in the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction Act. The explosives additives would have required a transit permit when a vessel carrying them enters South African territorial waters. The explosives additives in question have both civilian [industrial] and military applications and are therefore controlled items. The NPC had been informed by police about a shipment of explosive additives found onboard the vessel, which remained arrested outside Port of Ngqura . The council was formed under the auspices of the minister of trade and industry, in whose department the secretariat for the council operates. The NPC, the police and the National Prosecuting Authority were investigating the matter. The South African Maritime Safety Authority had also been called in and had declared that all the dangerous goods on the vessel were stored correctly in terms of international law The sip was en route from Tulear, Madagascar, and was destined for Lagos The Transflot Ltd said that all cargo delivered to the port was officially declared and all documents handed over. The company dismissed the claims that the ship was carrying dangerous weapons. The company directed further questions to the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations, better known as the Hawks, who were investigating the matter. On Aug 23 the company claimed that the 'absolutely legal cargo', covered by the International Maritime Organisation category 1.1 designation, was loaded in containers in Chennai, India. Category 1.1 includes ammonium picrate and three types of cartridges for weapons, with bursting charges. The vessel was inspected following a tip-off, after it had already offloaded 14 containers at the port. The ship had produced all the relevant permits relating to the cargo it offloaded on South African shores. The containers were dispatched by a company named Solar India. While the initial drop-off was above board, the tip-off alerted authorities to a further 20 containers which remained stowed away. These containers, in direct contravention of numerous laws, held illegal weapons and explosives.