Hawks to investigate arms deal claims

2011-06-20 17:06

Cape Town - The Hawks will investigate new allegations of bribery into the multibillion-rand arms deal, the Democratic Alliance said on Monday.

The party's defence spokesperson David Maynier said that Lieutenant General Anwar Dramat, head of the Hawks, had sent him a letter confirming this.

The DA wrote to Dramat requesting an investigation after Saab chief executive officer, Hakan Buskhe, issued a press statement on Thursday admitting that an internal investigation had revealed that about R24m had been paid by BAE Systems to Sanip Pty Ltd.

The payments were then transferred from Sanip Pty Ltd to a South African consultant; the transactions were never entered into the accounts of Sanip Pty Ltd; and the payments took place without the knowledge of Saab.

The consultant who received the secret payments was reportedly Fana Hlongwane, who was an adviser to former defence minister Joe Modise, and who was alleged to have received commissions relating to the acquisition of 26 Gripen fighter jets from Saab/British Aerospace.

Maynier said that Dramat's letter to him was dated June 20 2011, and stated that: "I [Dramat] am aware of the recent disclosures made by Saab's Executive Officer, Mr Hakan Buskhe. This information will be assessed by the directorate for priority crime investigation."

Maynier said the DA welcomed the undertaking and now awaited the outcome of the assessment of the new information.

  • apie - 2011-06-20 17:11

    This investigation will be swept under the carpet like all the others.

      USSA - 2011-06-20 17:34

      No, I disagree. I await the results of this investigation in lets say...hmmm, let me think....January 2053.

      REVO - 2011-06-20 17:44

      Guess they should start looking for a new president then.

      cliffarc - 2011-06-20 17:59

      - Problem is that R24m is only the tip of the iceberg and Modise the looter is dead. We can only hope that this investigation will open up the can of the big worms and that those indicted will start to talk. Zuma and his chom's must have their day in court and prove their claimed innocence.

      Francois - 2011-06-20 18:03

      Dramat must not have aspirations if he finds some high brass worthy of prosection. I think that Modise will carry the can for this one - he is the perfect scapegoat.

      iamasouthafr - 2011-06-20 20:17

      If not means the powers to be want Zuma's name dragged through the mud.....

      Marcell - 2011-06-21 02:35

      The Mossies will be disbanned...........soon!

  • IQ - 2011-06-20 17:12

    Hallelujah! Well done DA.

      coconuts - 2011-06-20 18:16

      Especially to Patricia de Lille and her courage

  • DJI - 2011-06-20 17:12

    Will it be only R24m

  • Jacques Jones - 2011-06-20 17:15

    now we will see if the hawks are puppets or if they really have balls. in anycase this will just dissapear like always into the depths of a murky lake we call goverment

  • Doublepost - 2011-06-20 17:16

    Will charges be re-instituted against the head-bro JZ?! I think not! Hey, Secrecy Bill, hurry up will ya! JZ needs you... NOW!

      GT - 2011-06-20 17:24

      JZ was a minor sideshow, now move to the front of the class and pay attention!

      Shivermetimb - 2011-06-20 17:55

      Of course, if JZ gets the axe we get Juju in his place . . .

      cliffarc - 2011-06-20 18:03

      - @GT - not sure about that. One of the bigger looters I would suggest , along with other high ranking Anc figures. I hope they all start losing sleep.

      Musa Khumalo - 2011-06-20 21:06

      Spot on Double, there are so many beds to hide under, scrooks!

  • Chibuli - 2011-06-20 17:19

    Didn't the ANC support "truth and reconciliation" following the apartheid era? Now it's time they supported the investigation into corruption and bribery in the current government's transactions. Double standards don't make for good governance! The people HAVE to curtail the powers of government to act without consequence, because this leads to dictatorship... and we all know where that leads us!

  • Garden_Route - 2011-06-20 17:19

    Nothing for ANC to worry about, fake a terminal illness, and then join Shaik on the golf course.

  • jock van wyk - 2011-06-20 17:25

    This investigation will come to nothing.We know who paid and who received the bribes but as usual they will get away with it.

  • Richard - 2011-06-20 17:34

    People, look how this whole arms deal comes up again when another ANC president needs to go, again.... This time they will investigate to get rid of Zuma instead of the other way round.

      OuWitBooi - 2011-06-20 18:33

      Richard - I think you have hit the nail on the head there. There are powerful people around who would be very happy to see Zuma and his cronies pinned with this one. Way back, Mbeki was satisfied that there was enough evidence against Zuma to fire him as deputy President, so it will be easy to dig up enough to put him away for a while. Shaik must be pretty nervous too, because if big daddy Zuma goes down Shabir may be on his way back to jail/hospital.

  • George - 2011-06-20 17:36

    How many classrooms, toilets, houses, education, infrastructure could have been built with such billions on the black poor populations. Corruption is eating away anything that we blacks should be enjoying. We must stop blaming apartheid and the white men beacuse for 18 years now we rule the country yet we are stripping it dry. We inherited an intact infrastructure and country from whites, so we cannot blame anyone. As black people we must build our own cities from scratch, create jobs and stop blaming white people while we steal public funds. We inherited Africa's biggest economy and all we need to do is improve it and it is proving to be impossible with corruption and purpoted land grabs etc. this is shamefull.

      Lennox - 2011-06-20 18:22

      By George, you wear your heart on your sleave, now if only all the followers of Malema, including the man himself can get it.

  • willieman - 2011-06-20 17:37

    The rule of law for every citizen in this country is the way to go if want to built a great nation in the african continent.NO special rules for others

  • sefeddt - 2011-06-20 17:37

    Mbeki was deeply nvolved in the arms deal and has a lot to answer for. However i dont think it will see any action been taken against the top guys.

      grant9 - 2011-06-20 18:26

      Mbeki was not the 'top guy' at the time. Mandela was and he is a sacred cow. His childrens fund received money fron the arms company Thint. 'Clever' Trevor Manuel was the minister of finance and he approved the deal. No, there are just too many top people involved for this to ever go to court.

      Citizen - 2011-06-20 18:55

      Do you have any substance to your claim? Let's hear it

  • StoneAngel - 2011-06-20 17:38

    I notice that the Hawks have once again used the word 'allegations' - I feel it is a lot more that allegations - the CEO of a huge multinational company has said that an amount was paid - in some other publications he referred to the amount as a bribe. I hope as well that SARS have a good look at the transactions and charge the necessary penalties and collect the taxation where necessary - maybe some time behind bars would be done as well. Where were the auditors in this mess - maybe they too were paid off?

      croix - 2011-06-20 18:16

      Auditor GENERAL nogals! This crime could be construed as high treason if you ask me. I really, really hope they see their proverbial collective crooked asses!

      coconuts - 2011-06-20 18:20

      Yes I would love to see SARS go after all involved - how was the money accounted for and did the banks raise questions when strange money was deposited into banks accounts or is this money off shore.

      Citizen - 2011-06-20 18:57

      It's legally correct to use the word allegation. Your'e innocent till PROVEN guilty remember?

  • Babba x - 2011-06-20 17:56

    This is the same gov dept that has access to all info at their disposal can could not trace R24mil in the 1st place? Nothing will come of this

      grant9 - 2011-06-20 18:30

      sad but true.

  • Sofa King. - 2011-06-20 17:58

    Will the Hawks investigate? Mind your gates!!!!!

  • 1SAIBn88 - 2011-06-20 18:12

    How about this for a crazy angle. Zuma's time is up. His term of office brought the Polokwane cronies what they wanted and now he can be sacrificed to make way for someone else. Ergo, the case can be reopened.

  • don fillipe - 2011-06-20 18:27

    Oh no! Poor Mbeki thought he could get out scot-free following his atrocious presidency.

  • anti crime - 2011-06-20 18:34

    This will lead to stuffol....i actually thought of another word

  • Wonder - 2011-06-20 18:39

    I know that Fana Hlongwane. I have always been saying to some of his worshipers that one day is one day.

  • CPII - 2011-06-20 18:40

    Sheez guys, don't hold your breath

  • psydomx - 2011-06-20 18:48

    Ja ja ja........honestly....this mess goes all the way to the top ( that includes the hawks bosses)...its like asking Hitler to investigate the holocaust

  • Azazel - 2011-06-20 18:59

    How can the investigate the arms deal when they work for the ANC???

  • Jodida - 2011-06-20 19:12

    Who will be fitting the bill on this one?? Presumably state coffers as usual. That means you and me AGAIN!!

  • Cheryl Muir - 2011-06-20 19:14

    Amandla, Power to the people!!! err... i mean... errr person... down with apartheid, down…err err (oh no ! , that is over..umm umm , we need a cause to fight …an enemy… lets think, Winnie what do you think… phone ghadaffi ,…. no no, err er umm lets see mugabe for advice errr yes! …. .f...k the poor ...err err sorry... that comes later when it is too late…. Vote ANC!!! ummm bring me my machine gun errr shoot the boer...errr ummm pleeeeese, please vote for me ,if you vote for me you will go to heaven… i need more more more....more more . .. toilets yes toilets … oh no, we cant use that one anymore err… f..k the poor (whoops sorry , I mean love the poor, nationalise the mines,… no dont, yes do… yes i mean yes, not really umm)... i need more ..more more..Power to the people (or power to just me thats just as good.... heh heh heh heh heh.. Surfing for free in the middle of the night!!!! heh heh heh

  • Slapper - 2011-06-20 20:05

    This is one genie that they will not get back into the Bottle. It will not go away, regardless of the political crookery that keeps trying to make it go away.

  • Hugh - 2011-06-20 20:46

    The real problem is that it bring into questions the previous so called investigation and said innocence by all in government. If this detail was missed how many other have been overlooked while the information was at hand.

  • Musa Khumalo - 2011-06-20 21:17

    Why was Pikoli and the ruthless Scorpions taken off the raider??? Anwar Dramat is not an independent institution, may be the Public Protector then I can hold my breath.

  • croix - 2011-06-20 22:55 You can read up on the 'alleged' amounts in various overseas bank accounts (R160m!)that formed the basis for a 'preservation order' against the assets of Fana Hlongwane. Menzi Simelane felt there was not enough evidence and 'abandoned' the order. Just ONE question : Why was it necessary to hide these millions of Rands in secretive offshore accounts - if it was all 'above board'?

  • phinda.buthelezi - 2011-06-21 08:15

    Don't waist time and money. Seriously, don't. Zuma is President, the ANC is untouchable. Lets just spare some resources to service delivery rather than on dead end witch-hunts. Lets rather build proper toilets in the Western Cape and Free State.

  • AndV - 2011-06-21 09:22

    He will mess it up same as JZ investigation to ensure everyone get away with it.... Watch this space. My hat off to David Maynier, a real true fighter for justice.

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