Arms Deal Commission: De Lille wants more probes

By Drum Digital
24 July 2014

Patricia de Lille wants the Seriti Commission to probe whether Tony Yengeni, Max Sisulu and Ntsiki Mashimbye were involved with a company that benefited from the arms deal contract.

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille wants the Seriti Commission to probe whether Tony Yengeni, Max Sisulu and Ntsiki Mashimbye were involved with  a company that benefited from the arms deal contract.

Mashimbye is South Africa’s ambassador to the DRC, while both Sisulu and Yengeni currently serve in the ANC’s powerful national executive committee.

In her evidence-in-chief before the commission, which probes whether there was any corruption in the multi-billion rand arms government decision to buy weapons in 1999, De Lille also wants a probe into whether businessman Jayendra Naidoo was involved with World Wide Investment Limited (WAIL). She was also wants an investigation into whether the Spaniards promised WAIL oil tankers interest-free.

The former Pan Africanist Congress leader dropped a bombshell in Parliament in September 1999 in Parliament when she alleged that these politicians and others had benefited unduly from the arms deal.  She has since presented her dossier to the commission, but is mum on the sources of her information.

“The basis for my call was a document given and annexes which were given to me by concerned members of the African National Congress. This document became known as the “De Lille Dossier”.

“I must emphasise that the De Lille dossier contains allegations, which I believe the government should investigate. I have never claimed that the allegations prove the guilt of any of the persons mentioned in the dossier,” she says in her affidavit.

De Lille is expected to be cross-examined after giving her evidence-in-chief this morning.

This is the second phase of the commission’s investigation. Last week, former president was the last witness in the first phase of the investigation.

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