|AFRICAN UNION MUST PROSECUTE MERCERNARIES
The notorious South African mercenary outfit "Executive Outcomes" has apparently been reincarnated with a new name and a new mission: aiding Khartoum in its war efforts in the southern oil fields.
According to a recent report from the widely respected and highly authoritative "Africa Confidential," a number of former members of Executive Outcomes have been reconstituted as a South Africa-based entity known as "NFD."
The company is completing a contract with Libya, involving the use of helicopters and infra-red technology; Libya reportedly recommended NFD to the Khartoum regime. South African mercenaries will thus be put in deadly service of oil companies like Talisman Energy (Canada), Lundin Petroleum (Sweden), Petronas (Malaysia), OMV (Austria), China National Petroleum Corp., and Russian's Tartarstan/Tatneft. In short, the internationalizing of the carnage in the oil fields of southern Sudan is accelerating with South African help.
[January 7, 2002]
Northampton, MA 01063
The report from Africa Confidential (attached below) about the mercenary presence of South Africa's "NFD" in Sudan's oil regions is deeply disturbing. Speaking of NFD, a former director of Executive Outcomes has told Africa Confidential that "a military contract between ex-South African Defence Force soldiers and the Sudanese army was widely known in 'military circles' in South Africa and involved training Sudanese special forces officers in counter-insurgency operations to guard the oil fields."
Africa Confidential also reports that the directors of the new company "include Duncan Rykaart (ex-colonel in the South African Defence Force's Five Recce Brigade), Frederik Christoffel Grove (ex-deputy commander of South Africa's paratroopers) and Nick van den Berg, described as a sleeping partner." Africa Confidential notes of these NFD directors that "all worked at senior level in Executive Outcomes; NFD has bought Executive Outcome's former premises at 13 Gouws Avenue, Raslouw, north of Johannesburg."
Also significant is Africa Confidential's report that some of the equipment used in the Libyan contract with NFD was obtained from Kentron, a subsidiary of South Africa's Denel defense company.
This report must force South Africa to decide whether there is any meaning to its Regulation of Foreign Military Assistance Act. Nominally, all South African security companies working overseas must register and meet the terms of the Act. But NFD claims they're not involved in Sudan's oil wars.
The South African government should aggressively investigate this matter; and it should prosecute vigorously under the Regulation of Foreign Military Assistance Act if NFD is indeed found to have contracted with the vicious Khartoum regime in its prosecution of scorched-earth warfare in the southern oil regions.
Southern Sudan is now suffering massively at the hands of many international oil companies. To its credit, South Africa wisely warned off parastatal oil company Soecor from its prospective investment in Sudan's oil development projects.
Thus it would be an especially savage irony if South Africa, which suffered so terribly under apartheid, should end up participating directly in Sudan's own vicious form of racial destruction. For allowing South African mercenaries to help secure these killing fields is clear complicity in Khartoum's racially animated war on the African peoples of southern Sudan.