Companies with South African links have been allowed to supply Saudi Arabia and its allies with weapons -- despite the humanitarian destruction the war in Yemen has wrought.
Yemen is at the epicentre of a regionalised civil war. Over the past five years, thousands of combatants have been killed and United Nations (UN) reports show there is evidence that civilians have been deliberately targeted in the brutal conflict.
A South African-based defence firm has been involved in selling weaponry suspected of fuelling the crisis linked to human rights violations in Yemen. This practice was halted only in 2019 when export controls tightened by the South African government came into effect.
Yemeni vendors at the Bab Al-Yemen gate of the old quarter of Sanaa, Yemen, 20 January 2020. Yemen has been experiencing a power conflict since 2015 between the Houthis and the Saudi-backed Yemeni government. (Photo: EPA-EFE / Yahya Arhab)
Yemen now finds itself in a dire situation. Disease is rife, schools, factories and hospitals have been destroyed, 22.2 million people are in desperate need of food, and an estimated 85,000 children have starved to death.
This has contributed to the UN naming Yemen home to one of the world's worst...