Scopa to meet over arms deal

2011-06-22 13:14

Johannesburg - Parliament's Scopa was expected to meet on Wednesday to decide if it should re-open the multibillion-rand arms deal investigation, reports said.

Standing Committee on Public Accounts head Themba Godi told The Citizen and The New Age newspapers the body would scrutinise a letter sent to it by Hawks boss Anwar Dramat on Monday.

In the letter, he explains why he decided in October to drop the investigation into the controversial arms deal.

"I can confirm we have received a response from the Hawks which I will present to the committee [Wednesday] and [we will] take it from there," Godi was quoted as saying.

"If we are not satisfied by the response we will go back to the Hawks, or if the committee feels there is a need to call for the matter to be reopened, it will present this to Parliament, which in the first place ordered the probe."

Letter delayed

Godi told The New Age Scopa was upset that Dramat had only explained this week the reasons for stopping the investigation.

But Dramat wrote in this week's letter he did send an explanation in November, but had learnt only now that Scopa never received it.

"I would like to express my sincere apology for the misunderstanding," Dramat says in the letter, according to The New Age.

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.

New revelations

Last week Swedish defence group Saab chief executive officer Hakan Buskhe issued a press statement admitting an internal investigation had revealed that about R24m had been paid by BAE Systems to Sanip Pty Ltd, he said in a statement.

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 is reportedly Fana Hlongwana, who was an adviser to former Minister of Defence Joe Modise, and who was alleged to have received up to R200m in commissions relating to the acquisition of 26 Gripen fighter jets from Saab/British Aerospace," Maynier said.

Opposition parties have since 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.

A corruption investigation against Zuma was dropped in April 2009, shortly before general elections that voted him as ANC president into power.

  • mz.maseko - 2011-06-22 13:22

    I think the case should be re-opened and there must be an urgent application to the Court to trace and freeze Fana Hlongwane's assets.

      mz.maseko - 2011-06-22 13:27

      Also assets of the late Joe Modise..........this must be a lesson to anyone excersing Corrupt Practices.

      biskit - 2011-06-22 13:39

      They should freeze more than just Assets! Well said Mz

      cliffarc - 2011-06-22 13:46

      - Scrutinise the letter - Hmm - that should take about 6 months. Then of course they'll come up with a totally different interpretation of the letters clear and unequivocal meaning. What's there to debate or consider ? - Charge all the culprits , Zuma included and let them face the charges in a court of law. This matter will not go away. The sooner they have their day in court the better.

      GT - 2011-06-22 13:56

      They did freeze Fana H's his assets. Then that most political of appointments, Simelane unfroze them. Go read up the facts. They have done NOTHING to investigate Nyanda who was proven to have received a R3.5m house and porches for Fana H.

  • Thor - 2011-06-22 13:27

    Time for the chickens to come home too roast..

  • Zizo Snr - 2011-06-22 13:32

    This is a total waste of taxpayers money. Conclusive evidence were obtained to charge people previously, what would change now? DA has caused nothing butinstability in this country, I hope their wasteful expenditure monitor is still functioning. I'm packing my bags to Australia!!!

      Jacques - 2011-06-22 13:36

      1. You are correct - it is a waste of taxpayers money. But if everyone that is guilty of taking bribes gets convicted and rots in prison, it will be worth every cent. 2. Why are you off to Australia? Feeling Guilty?

      cliffarc - 2011-06-22 13:37

      - Huh - DA ?

      Unskinny Bob - 2011-06-22 13:43

      Zuma got away with murder, as did many others. The amount of money paid to individuals illegally to make the deal happen makes the legal costs look like a drop in the ocean.

      Kevin - 2011-06-22 13:52


      Sparkling - 2011-06-22 14:11

      I really feel sorry for the Australians! Well you will pass for an Abbo and you can go and sit under a tree and do nothing like you are doing here!

      Kevin King - 2011-06-22 14:16

      @ Zizo: We don't accept your lies! We all hope that the arms deal is not swept under the rug by corrupt ANC officials, including the president himself, but this is the new SA and we are all aware of how our justice system has failed on many occasion.

      Albo - 2011-06-22 15:42

      @Zizo - please swim there!!

  • Azazel - 2011-06-22 13:33

    So is the JZ finally going to jail along with his convicted dying lawyer, who's terminal illness is taking a hell of a long time....

      daaivark - 2011-06-22 14:01

      Who are you talking about? Which lawyer is this? If you're talking about Schaik, he isn't JZ's lawyer. As far as I know he isn't a lawyer at all.

      paulf - 2011-06-22 15:13

      Schaik was Zumas financial advisor. He taught Zuma pretty well in corruption, bribes etc.

  • myancmyfutur - 2011-06-22 13:38


      cliffarc - 2011-06-22 14:07

      - myancmythieves - Lost for words are we ?

      myancmyfutur - 2011-06-22 15:12

      Am not by any means short of words, its such that whatever it takes for the ARMS deal thing to get to rest. For the past 10 years its been the main and only topic so if it means re-opening the investigations in order to complete this so be it.

  • ray.antigay - 2011-06-22 13:40

    Would love to have access to the contents of Anwars letter which explained why the case was dropped! I'm sure many very large heads will roll if this is made public. Heads like the one that re-appoints a chief justice Ngcobo on it's own assumed authority, as well as a few others one had never suspected!! Come on Themba Godi. Go through with this one ALL THE WAY! Let's see how many members of parliament will still be standing.

  • Smaal - 2011-06-22 13:41

    Aaaa so this is why JZ needs a few days to “rest”. Maybe he needs a few days to squash a few things or get a bigger carpet.

  • Dal68 - 2011-06-22 13:42

    Bananas, just bananas in this republic......

  • Tolerant - 2011-06-22 13:42

    Chances are slim that the case will be opened now, maybe after Zuma is gone?

  • Slapper - 2011-06-22 13:43

    I wonder what excuse they will give for not opening any further investigation?

  • Lionel - 2011-06-22 13:46

    Window dressing; whilst the Zuma gang are in power, nothing's gonna happen.

  • Gadafi007 - 2011-06-22 13:46

    Mad man just lippin maak toe jou mon ,u don't know wat chu talking about playa .it's about time my bosses gets exposed you chicken feet

  • Kevin - 2011-06-22 13:48


      Felix - 2011-06-22 14:42

      You do know that Robben Island is a tourist resort now? Rather send them to Seal Island and make them swim there... We can sell the videos of Great Whites breaking the surface to National Geographic!

  • sobeit - 2011-06-22 13:53

    Who is squeezing you Dramat, what are you scared of.

  • cgtours - 2011-06-22 14:05

    This case has DEFINETELY TO BE OPENED- BRIBES WERE PAID - THIS IS PROOF THEREOF AND IT HAS TO BE INVESTIGATED. PRICES WERE INFLATED DUE TO BRIBES ETC AND IT WAS TAXPAYERS MONEY !!!!!we as taxpayers want to know! we as Taxpayers demand who got the money. This corruption must be stopped now for once and for all.! (in CHINA our Governments Beste FRIEND people in High Poditions get Death Penalty for this !!)How can they still even THINK whether it should be reopened. E mails ?Twitter/Facebook? is flying all over the World- What does this Government think their reputation is looking like already!wHERE ARFE THE OPPOSITION pARTIES? wHY DO WE AS THE ULTIMATE PAYERS! NOT HAVE A SAY IN THIS OR LETS VOTE FOR THIS CASE TO BE RE-OPENED AND ALL TRUTH TO BE EXPOSED!- WHOEVER MAY BE INVOLVED AND LET US START WITH A CLEAN PLATE AND TRUSTWORTHY PEOPLE IN CHARGE OF our money!!

  • Bafana - 2011-06-22 14:09

    Nothing is gonna happen, just a waste of time, Zuma is in power,

  • Biko Lives - 2011-06-22 14:15

    This Arms Deal case is of no one's interest and opening it up will not advance our cause iether of attaining economic freedom in our lifetime! It will just another waste of tax payers money! Besides the man who knows the truth went to the grave with it and that's Mr. Joe Modise! To me this is all driven by white capitalists with narrow political agendas to destabalise this country and deter us from the main truth of giving wealth back to the majority!

      Sparkling - 2011-06-22 14:26

      Yes, you keep on believing it. Oops, here comes a flying pig!

      mz.maseko - 2011-06-22 14:50

      Spending the tax payers money is not a problem, we cant let this go and people must learn not to take short cuts in life and be honest in serving the country even for the future. Fana Hlongawane and others must go to jail.finish and Klaar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      50something - 2011-06-22 14:53

      You are not going to have any wealth to give back to the majority if the ANC keeps on stealing from you. 2 cases today alone amounting to over R3Bn, and you want it to go unchallenged, maybe in your world, but not in mine.

      Albo - 2011-06-22 15:47

      Taxpayers money??? Don`t you mean minority money?

      cliffarc - 2011-06-22 18:05

      - @ Albo - Hmm - If you believe that 75% of the govt's tax collection is paid by around 25% of the population( mostly whites)is a minority , it's no wonder you failed maths. I'll gladly swop my tax bill with yours.

  • terry - 2011-06-22 14:27

    The ANC have been running from this from the beginning - but the truth is slowly starting to emerge. First the Germans found that there was prrof of corruption in the deal, then the British found the same, and now the Swedes have found the same thing - whilst all of the time the ANC have been saying that they could find no proof of anything that needed to be investigated. The ANC have tried their damndest to get this thing to go away, and have been deliberately obstructive to overseas governments that have tried to investigate from their side. There are too many ANC people in high places that would get hurt from this if it was properly investigated - so they will do everything in their poser to prevent it going any further ..... but the stink will not go away!

      terry - 2011-06-22 14:28

      poser = power

  • Zion - 2011-06-22 14:40

    There is more chance of the Stormers winning the S15 than the arms deal being reopened

      Albo - 2011-06-22 15:48

      I hope you don`t go to the casino often.

  • MacTheBoer - 2011-06-22 14:40

    All those implicated can apply for amnesty on condition they give full disclosure of what they did and what they received AND repay any financial benefit that may have accrued to them or their friends/cronies/families/pets etc.

  • StoneAngel - 2011-06-22 14:47

    I would very much like to know what SARS have looked at regarding all the 'alleged' payments received - we as taxpayers would like at least 40% back please. German, British and not Swedish authorities I am sure will help. Wonder where the banks and exchange control were with all these transactions?

  • v3 - 2011-06-22 15:59

    Maybe an outfit other than the compromised Whoreks should investigate the crime.

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