ID, DA slam ANC arms probe

2008-01-09 00:00

Cape Town — Independent Democrats leader Patricia de Lille said yesterday that, while it is the ANC’s right to set up an ad hoc committee on the arms deal, allegations of corruption should be tested by an independent judiciary. “The only way for South Africans to get justice is from the Constitution and the judiciary,” De Lille said.

“If the ANC is worried about having to do ‘thumbsucking’, then they need only to refer to the Joint Investigations Task Team Report that was set up to investigate the arms deal and whose findings were accepted by the ANC.”

The DA is to raise in Parliament the need for a reopening of the probe into the deal.

DA spokesman Eddie Trent criticised the ANC’s plan to probe the deal. “It is disingenuous for the party to now go and draw up a report on a process it has done its best to try and manipulate,” he said yesterday.

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