One of NPC’s functions is to provide for control over weapons of mass destruction and to control and manage matters relating to the proliferation of such weapons in the country.
Medupe said the explosive additives did not have a transit permit as required in the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction Act.
The legislation provides for control over such weapons.
“The NPC can confirm that the vessel contained controlled items that were in transit and were not going to be offloaded in South Africa. 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,” Medupe said in a statement.
He said 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, according to The Herald.
The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) confirmed on Thursday that the ship had been arrested outside the Port of Ngqura.
“TNPA can confirm that the vessel Lada has been arrested by the [SA Police Service] and is anchored outside the Port of Ngqura. We are aware that the vessel has dangerous cargo on board,” Port of Ngqura manager Tandi Lebakeng said in an emailed reply to