Officials lied about arms deal - De Lille

2014-07-24 15:20
Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille. (Picture: Sapa)

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille. (Picture: Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Pretoria - Those who were involved in the procurement of the multi-million-rand arms deal lied and took the country's leaders for a ride, Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille told the Seriti Commission of Inquiry on Thursday.

"They must have taken leaders for a ride, and our leaders didn't ask any more questions because they were lied to. I think what they did was not only misleading... they lied," De Lille said.

De Lille was giving evidence at the inquiry into the arms deal, sitting in Pretoria.

She was the initial whistle-blower in Parliament regarding the arms deal, and called for an investigation back in 1999.

Evidence leader Simmy Lebala told De Lille that SA National Defence Force (SANDF) generals who testified before the commission indicated that there was a need for arms procurement, and that affordability was a factor.

"SANDF's General Solly Shoke, came here and said we actually needed the arms, and other generals said the issue of affordability and costs were taken into account," he said.

De Lille said the officials should have indicated the arms could not be afforded. Accountability should have been taken into consideration.

"As government, affordability should come first. We go for a VW instead of a Cadillac... that's accountability for elected officials.

"When officials wanted these toys, did they tell us why we needed them?...were we under a threat from an imminent attack? They never justified the need for such," De Lille said.

She said before 1994, the defence force was the biggest army on the continent, but it was abused by the apartheid government for its personal use.

"Then came the White Paper on the transformation of the defence force after 1994, the struggle was over. I never heard of a justification that because of threats, we needed arms."

Lebala said the generals indicated that the arms deal's offsets reached expectation because around 8 000 jobs were created.

De Lille said: "We are living in a country where unemployment is very high, youth unemployment remains very high. You cannot run a country on projections... they are incompetent, and they lied."

Read more on:    patricia de lille  |  pretoria  |  arms deal

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
4 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Let go of that superiority complex and come join the rest of the people. You will learn more by interacting and connecting on...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.