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SA mercenary legislation remains toothless

South Africa remains a major exporter of mercenaries and security contractors, say security industry sources, yet legislation signed by Thabo Mbeki in 2007 to prevent this remains unenforced.The 2006 Prohibition of Mercenary Activities and Regulation of Certain Activities in Country of Armed Conflict Act, which came about shortly after the ill-fated 2004 attempt by mercenary firm Executive Outcomes to effect a coup in Equatorial Guinea, aims to prohibit South Africans from engaging in mercenary activity and to regulate the provision of security services in countries of armed conflict.

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