12 Things You Should Know About Arms Maker Ivor Ichikowitz

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Ivor Ichikowitz and Deputy Minister of Defence, Thabang Makwetla
Ivor Ichikowitz with South African Deputy Minister of Defence Thabang Makwetla. defenceweb.co.za

He’s a vocal supporter and funder of the ANC

Ichikowitz is close to several ANC bigwigs including President Jacob Zuma, earning him some criticism.

Ichikowitz shrugs off the criticism. “I’ve been a member of the ANC all my life,” he said. “I’ve been an absolutely unashamed supporter of the movement that brought liberation to this country. We make no apologies for the fact we’ve supported the ANC in many different ways, and one of those ways is making our aircraft available to its leadership when we’ve been asked to do so.”

His company believes in “transparent, open involvement with political parties,” he said, adding: “Paramount does very little business with the South African government.”

Sources: TimesLiveGlobe&Mail