Arms Management Programme : Operations Rachel 1996 - 1999

"One of the main characteristics of the operations undertaken as part of Operation Rachel is that they have been intelligence-driven. It was agreed that both the Mozambican and South African police forces would gather information about cache locations. A team consisting of Mozambican and South African police would destroy the weapons on site. South Africa would pay the bulk of the costs of the operations and provide expertise on weapons and explosives disposal and destruction. As a result of increasing awareness about the programmes, private companies have become involved, giving incentives to informers who declare the location of arms caches. These informers are often women and children."