What a tool: how SA exports torture to the world
A new report aims to shock government into prohibiting ‘unconstitutional trade in abusive equipment’
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...