Hawks look into arms deal

2011-07-31 12:54

Johannesburg - Hawks head Anwar Dramat has written to Parliament's Scopa saying that he will speak to European authorities about whether any South Africans should be criminally charged for the multi-billion rand arms deal, the Sunday Times reported.

A copy of the letter in the newspaper's possession indicates that the Hawks were following up on an admission by Saab last month that about R24m had been paid by BAE Systems to Sanip Pty Ltd.

The letter was sent to Standing Committee on Public Accounts head Themba Godi on Wednesday.

"I have already instructed two approach the relevant authorities in both Sweden (National Anti--Corruption Unit) and the UK (Serious Fraud Office)," the letter states.

"Subject to approval by these authorities, [we] will assess the available information with a view to determine whether there is information which points to crime/s in South Africa."

The paper reported that the Hawks would establish whether the information could "be converted into relevant evidence by means of formal mutual legal assistance processes."


Godi confirmed to the Sunday Times that he received the letter.

Allegations of corruption related to the arms deal first surfaced in 1999.

President Jacob Zuma's former financial adviser, Schabir Shaik, was sent to jail in 2006 for facilitating a bribe from the French arms company Thomson-CSF. He has since been released on medical parole.

Shaik's brother, Chippy, was working for the defence department as chief of acquisitions for the arms deal.

Opposition parties have called on the Hawks to reopen its investigation.

The Hawks were created after the ruling African National Congress decided to disband the Directorate of Special Operations, known as the Scorpions, which lead the investigation against Shaik, and which also implicated Zuma in questionable deals.

Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela was not immediately available to comment on the letter.

  • v3 - 2011-07-31 13:11

    As I recall, the foreign authorities needed SA's co-operation before being able to name the crooks. By asking for names before providing this co-operation, the Whorekes are effectively stalling the Arms Deal lid-lifting while (fruitlessly wasting money) pretending to be doing something.

  • george07 - 2011-07-31 13:25

    a little too late. start with 783.

  • Anonymous Thinker - 2011-07-31 13:35

    SA won't co-operate. Too many fat cat Gov guys will be in trouble. If anything SA will stall this until they can get their secrecy bill (otherwise known as the "lets hide our thieving" bill) through.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-07-31 13:46

    I think our regular friend, Spyker May, may enjoy this. To me it looks like a very cute red herring. Why would the Hawks, the ANC protector, say things like this?

      MrSpiderman - 2011-07-31 15:26

      Cause that is the end of the story?

  • Vela Stardust - 2011-07-31 13:46

    How I wish the lid would just blow off the arms deal and reveal the truth. I am sick to death of these corrupt thieving pigs.

  • MnrFotograaf - 2011-07-31 13:49

    There is no doubt in my mind that many South Africans should face the courts over arms deals...the laughing president should be afforded this opportunity first.

  • Spyker May - 2011-07-31 13:51

    FOR SURE..! The entire ANC government from 1999 onwards. The (rumoured) wide spread involvement from Britons, the Swedish to who knows who else in Europe (and perhaps beyond), tears open the following notion again: There is an argument that claims the end of Apartheid was ‘engineered’ by the ‘West’, as it would be easier to bribe a (naturally corrupt) ANC, than what it would be a staunch NP regime... A notion scarier than the corruption of the ‘Arms Deal’ itself.

      YasButIDunno - 2011-07-31 14:38

      Cracks appearing in the Mandela pedestal?

  • Thats_that - 2011-07-31 14:03

    Homer zuma, try these shiny bracelets on for size. They fit!, What a surprise. Come with us please sir!

  • Hangman - 2011-07-31 14:48

    ..and in other news...The hawks are to be disbanded!

      MrSpiderman - 2011-07-31 15:27

      True, why was the Scorpions banned? Too much success and too little ANC!!

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-07-31 15:36

    WILL JUSTICE EVER BE DONE??? If so,half of JZ's cronies and Shaik will be in jail. This is Africa -- known for corruption & dictatorship.

  • Babba x - 2011-07-31 17:23

    Anwar Dramat is an ANC crony. He is the one that apparently couldn't find anything wrong with the arms deal although he has access to any type of information and every resource in this country. He is now asking Sweden whether somebody in SA that received an under the table payment should be prosecuted? Seriously

  • Nick Garas - 2011-08-01 09:41

    The short arm of the Law in SA has a very large broom!!! It will ALL be swept under the carpet soon!-Too many people involved, too much corruption and this is the way business in Africa is conducted! until such time that the people get to understand this there will be much bickering amongst the normal folk who have only one thing-they are the losers in every way! Sorry to say this but have lived in Africa too long!

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