DA questions arms deal decision

2011-06-05 18:19

Johannesburg - The DA will hand over a six-page memorandum to Parliament's watchdog public accounts committee (Scopa) chairperson Themba Godi, which "raises some serious questions about the controversial decision to close the investigation into the multibillion-rand arms deal", DA MP David Manier said on Sunday.

"The memorandum was drafted by General Hans Meiring, Divisional Commissioner responsible for Commercial Crime in the Hawks, and was obtained as a result of a request, in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act, for documents relating to the decision to close the investigation into the arms deal," he said.

The memorandum recommended that Hawks head Anwa Dramat close the investigation into British Aerospace (now known as BAE Systems) and the German Frigate Consortium legs of the arms deal.

Manier said the memorandum was "poorly drafted, including clangers such as referring to BAE Systems as British Eurospace, and contains a number of contradictions and errors of fact".


These included the claim that three suspects in the BAE Systems leg of the deal had passed away when one of the alleged suspects, Fana Hlongwana, who allegedly received more than R200m in payments from BAE Systems, "is very much alive"; the complaint that there were difficulties obtaining evidential material, while at the same time conceding that the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office shared information informally with South Africa’s Directorate of Special Operations and that 460 boxes of documents and 4.7 million pages of documents existed which should be “perused and analysed”.

"It is hard to believe that this memorandum, riddled with contradictions and factual errors, formed the basis of the decision to close the investigation into the arms deal.

"General Anwa Dramat has, for more than six months, resisted the request to provide an update in 'exhaustive detail' on the status of the investigation into the arms deal to Scopa.

"Evidently, General Dramat and the Hawks think they are beyond scrutiny and oversight by Parliament. The memorandum will hopefully provide a sufficient basis for summoning General Dramat and the Hawks to appear before Scopa."

Manier said the DA would therefore provide a copy of the memorandum to Godi and call on him to summon Dramat to appear before Scopa to explain the decision to close the investigation into the arms deal.

"The fact is that General Anwa Dramat and the Hawks should not be allowed to avoid being held accountable to Parliament."

  • Pencilgraffiti - 2011-06-05 18:33

    The Hawks are a joke but will prevail because the arms deal, if opened, will bring down the entire SA Government including Zuma at the very top.

      Observer - 2011-06-05 18:56

      Good point! Let's just daydream a little though, shall we? What if it DID somehow happen that enough dirty news came out such that there HAD to be an investigation? Wow...!! K, daydream over, let's get back to reality now. :(

      kidblack - 2011-06-05 19:40

      im so proud to be a citizen of a country who has R20 000 000 000 of brand new military equipment sitting around unused because, besides the massive initial CAPEX, no one thought of budgeting for the OPEX. And who are we defending ourselves against in any case? Zee Germans? Any of the powers worth defending against in this world is so powerful, not even 10x our arms deals could mount a significant resistance if ever required.

      Born To Fish - 2011-06-05 19:44

      Kidblack and do not forget the R14 000 000 000.00 worth of tollgates!

      Ogre - 2011-06-06 00:58

      Kidblack, as well as the funds for the new transport aircraft from Airbus that would have been paid back but have now been re-negotiated to almost half because "commissions" have already been paid.

      Organist-1 - 2011-06-06 09:56

      Pencilgraffiti, both yes and no. there is a principle as old as the very hills themselves. A house divided CANNOT stand. The Hawks of course now are under the minister of police and Cele. ---Look at Selebi---- (Joke No 1). Joke No 2 is that nothing short of a Libya and Egypt will bring down this government. Unfortunately Apartheid didn't end in 1994 ---- it was entrenched by people who thrive on corruption from childhood and know no better. We need a mindset and heart change in this country because we are slowly but surely moving in the direction of Anarchy. We even see corruptness on the Bench. So how can a corrupt official rule against corruptness? The rules you apply to judgment will be eventually used against you.

  • Born To Fish - 2011-06-05 19:13

    The Hawks bust people who trade in illegal crocodiles and drugs. The ANC is way out of bounds for them.

  • StirMonger - 2011-06-05 19:26

    Is there any way the public domain can access the "460 boxes of informtion"?

      Katleho Lenong - 2011-06-06 07:21

      Good question, where's Wikileaks when one needs them?

  • Dave - 2011-06-05 20:10

    Sooner or later the truth is going to come out, it always does

      GMan - 2011-06-06 08:33

      One can but hope

  • World Traveler - 2011-06-05 21:08

    Nail these crooks! Next elections - vote DA! Very important!

      World Traveler - 2011-06-05 21:11

      Tell your fence-siting friends too! Vote DA, VERY IMPORTANT! Ochen Vashno!

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      VELOCITY - 2011-06-06 09:47

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  • Coin - 2011-06-06 09:45

    Now why do you think they are pushing for the silencing of the media?

  • Byron - 2011-06-06 10:59

    well if they have a few billions to spare, they can always build more toilets =)

  • Ogre - 2011-06-06 11:05

    Hey Mario, dont-a you tink its-a time we send a delegation to Sout Africa to go learn from-a de comrades to steal-a de monies. Dis organised crime ting is to much-a hard work, kapishe. Dey take-a what dey want and just tell-a de voters to shut up in your face and vote for us again or else. Problem? problem. Dey just-a change de law, dey no shut up dey go to jail. Problem solved. We make democratic Mafia like ANC.

  • Other Justin - 2011-06-06 15:27

    DA, don't hold your breath, the cANCer and their corrupt dealings are above the law. Haven't you realised yet, the cANCer and it's buddies are exempt from abiding by the law.

  • Zebelon - 2011-06-18 02:16

    Remember. The SIU was deliberately cut off from investigating the arms deal crimes - due to their success fame. Today Jeff Radebe is announcing their 94% success in criminal convictions.

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