Chippy Shaik 'asked for bribe'

2010-03-28 14:35

Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Sunday called for a "full-blown" arms deal investigation by the Hawks following reports that former procurement boss Chippy Shaik allegedly asked for a bribe. "The fact is there seems to be compelling evidence of massive corruption in the arms deal, and yet attempts to properly investigate the arms deal appear to have been neutered by deliberately under-resourcing the Hawks arms deal investigation," said DA spokesperson David Maynier.

This followed a Sunday Times report that South African investigators were in possession of an explosive memo where Shaik allegedly asked for a "success fee" of $3 million from a German Consortium.

The consortium sold to South Africa four frigates in the arms deal.

The memo was written by a former executive in the German Frigate Consortium dated August 3 1998.

Maynier said there was apparently one investigator in the Hawks assigned to investigate the arms deal who has no computer equipment and limited airtime on his cellphone.

"The investigation is hugely complex and will require a large team of investigators to trawl through the mountain of documents in the possession of the Hawks. "

He said the Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa had dodged "parliamentary questions from me that probe the resources being made available by his department to the Hawks for the arms deal investigation".