UDM: Consider reopening arms' deal probe

2011-06-20 14:06
Pretoria - A panel of judges must determine whether there is sufficient evidence to reopen a probe into the controversial arms’ deal, the UDM said on Monday.

"The United Democratic Movement calls on government to appoint a panel of judges to conduct a preliminary investigation, to verify whether there is prima facie evidence that the investigation should be reopened," party president Bantu Holomisa said on Monday.

His call follows revelations last week by Saab president Hkan Buskhe that R24m was paid to former defence minister Joe Modise's adviser, Fana Hlongwane, after the money was transferred into an account of one of its subsidiaries by British arms manufacturer BAE Systems.

Saab and BAE were partners in the deal to supply Gripen fighter jets and Hawk trainers to SA in 1999.

"If there is a case to be answered, the panel of judges should also advise the nation on whether the Hawks is the appropriate organisation to conduct the investigation, since this new evidence suggests that their previous investigation had been less than perfect."

Read more on:    udm  |  bantu holomisa  |  military  |  arms deal

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Amazing solar inventions!

Solar power is lighting up the world, and not just on rooftops anymore.



Prince George the green prince?
One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa
China's air pollution at doomsday levels
Keep food fresher for longer

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

There is a tendency to get too caught up in group dynamics and high expectations and ideals, that your own personal needs and...read more

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


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.


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.