What a tool: how SA exports torture to the world

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What a tool: how SA exports torture to the world

A new report aims to shock government into prohibiting ‘unconstitutional trade in abusive equipment’

Cape Town bureau chief

SA is like a toy shop for anyone wanting to buy tools of torture, says a new Institute for Security Studies (ISS) report (https://issafrica.s3.amazonaws.com/site/uploads/sar-37.pdf).

In an unregulated market, numerous SA companies make and sell equipment classified by the UN as “having no practical purpose other than for torture or ill-treatment”, it says.

Examples include guns, belts, batons and shields that administer electric shocks through direct contact, sjamboks and thumb cuffs...

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