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DA wants arms deal documents

2010-10-24 19:53

Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance has submitted access to information requests for all documents relating to the arms deal in the possession of the directorate of priority crime investigation (Hawks) and the national prosecuting authority (NPA), party MP David Maynier said on Sunday.

"The investigation into the arms deal may have been shut down but the fact remains there are hundreds of boxes of documents and millions of computer generated documents, relating to the arms deal, in the possession of the Hawks and NPA," Maynier said in a statement.

"General Anwar Dramat, head of the Hawks, told Parliament that there were 460 boxes of documents and 4.7 million computer generated documents relating to the arms deal in the possession of the Hawks.

"For that reason, I have submitted a number of requests for access to information in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (No. 2 of 2000)."

Maynier said his requests included gaining access to all documents relating to the investigation into the strategic defence packages, all documents relating to the decision to close the investigation into the German Frigate Consortium and British Aerospace, and all documents relating to mutual legal assistance arrangements with foreign investigating and prosecuting authorities dealing with the investigation into the strategic defence packages.

"The fact is that access to these documents is likely to expose the biggest case of corruption and the biggest cover-up of corruption in the history of South Africa," said Maynier.