Bribe admission re-ignites arms deal saga

2011-06-17 22:14

Cape Town - Opposition parties on Friday urged the Hawks to investigate the multi-billion rand arms deal after new allegations of bribery.

General Anwa Dramat, head of the directorate of priority crimes (the Hawks), should now re-open the investigation into the arms deal and investigate the claim that R24m was transferred to a South African consultant by BAE Systems, Democratic Alliance spokesman David Maynier said.

On Thursday, Saab chief executive officer Hakan Buskhe issued a press statement admitting that 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.

The information revealed by Buskhe was very serious.

It amounted to a prima facie case of bribery and/or corruption in respect of the arms deal and should be investigated.

"If the payments were above board, why was it necessary to launder the money through Sanip Pty Ltd, a company which was reportedly set up by Saab/British Aerospace to manage the arms deal offsets?

"The DA will therefore be writing to General Anwa Dramat, head of the Hawks, to confirm that the Hawks will be investigating the R24m payment reportedly made to Fana Hlongwana by BAE Systems," Maynier said.

In another statement, Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Groenewald said the "fact that Saab has now acknowledged that it had paid a bribe in the arms acquisition transaction with South Africa and that names are being mentioned should have the result of an immediate investigation by the Hawks".

Other investigations, such as that of the auditor general and the public protector, had earlier found that there had been no irregularities but that there had been a number of allegations of bribery which could not be proven.

"Now that proof has been found, the Hawks cannot but investigate the issue," he said.

The arms acquisition program had always been clouded in controversy due to allegations of corruption and bribery and there was an opportunity now to investigate the issue and bring it to a close which would be in the interest not only of the SA National Defence Force but also in the interest of the whole country, Groenewald said.

  • Vela Stardust - 2011-06-17 22:43

    No surprises here. Bribes paid to Fana Hlongwana and Joe Modise are just the tip of the iceberg. Are proposed changes to the information bill aimed at preventing further investigation?

      cliffarc - 2011-06-18 11:36

      - The evidence of bribery and corruption in the arm's deal is simply overwhelming. The more the Anc and Zuma try to cover it up and dismiss the charges the worse their guilt becomes. This matter is not going away and the sooner they have their day in court to prove their innocence the better. It's really simple - if the charges are indeed untrue and there's nothing to hide they have nothing to fear in the law courts.

      Yoni - 2011-06-18 19:37

      Make mine one McBribe with Swedish fries...

  • lance.trent.kilkenny - 2011-06-17 22:58

    An organization, born from the illegal dismantling of the scorpions, set up by the ANC, FOR, the ANC, to investigate the ANC. C'mon... aint NEVER gonna happen. On a positive note, props to the DA for not giving up. Thats exactly the kind of attitude we need to somehow, maybe one day, stop the rot.

  • - 2011-06-17 23:09

    And this my friends... Will be it... Come come... South Africa is the land of glory ANC... The book was closed... Same happened with the case against Zuma... If it becomes to obvious that the ANC is corrupt... We just close the case... White tendencies is what the ANC is fighting against... Cause the ANC might be caught with their hand indeed in the cookie jar...

  • Bill - 2011-06-17 23:10

    If they won’t reopen this and other prudent investigations fully...Then it's time to start protesting publicly and forcefully, using whatever means is necessary for these pricks to stop thinking they are god! Being apathetic, as we are, will just allow them to continue with this behaviour! The DA simply request and nothing gets done. How about the DA demanding forcefully!

  • umlaut - 2011-06-18 00:12

    The amounts involved must be more than R24mil.. In the North West province more than R900mil. was stolen over 10 years. People on the streets are begging for food and Work (some really want to work) and these bastards are stealing from their own people --to do what with All that money???- the poor sees the money being flashed by the greedy and they also want some---do you blame them??. And then the baby brain convinced them to grab what they can get -its theirs they deserve it- They are going to grab it from the wrong people and the greedy ones are sitting on the gold laughing at their increasing good fortune. We are going to pay a dear price and that just to be statistics in history books!.

      cliffarc - 2011-06-19 11:24

      - Umlaut - ' More than R24m ' - I reckon Zuma's take was around R100m for starters.

  • Mike - 2011-06-18 00:35

    The Stool Pigeons (who laughingly call themselves Hawks, when they are anything but) will demand they be given absolute proof of guilt before they dare investigate anything that may upset their political masters.

  • Derek - 2011-06-18 01:14

    This is exactly the reason why the protection of information bill should not be passed. Surely they will simply "classify" all relevant documents to be used as evidence?

  • croix - 2011-06-18 02:09

    "Arms playboy's accounts frozen" STEFAANS BRüMMER AND SAM SOLE, Dec 12 2008 06:00 - This was reported in the Mail & Guardian and makes for highly infuriating (if also very, very sad) reading.

  • Slapper - 2011-06-18 05:58

    The Snakes can twist and turn, but the spotlight won't go away and the Bastards will be shown up. Whether anything will be done about it is another story.

  • Boer - 2011-06-18 06:18

    They all are bunch of criminals and the sooner you realize it the sooner you can make a plan to make things better in the new so called South Africa. So good luck with it. Take a stance. Make a plan and do the right thing. Vriendelik groete Die Boer. Or get your ass over to America...lovely jublee.

  • CNA-LOL-BS - 2011-06-18 07:31

    The truth will never be made known as there are to many "high powered" people and government ministers that were involved!!! It will be brushed under the carpet very quickly!!

  • Rapier - 2011-06-18 07:44

    The ONE person we can ALL admire is Patricia de Lille - she has NEVER left the matter alone - and nor should she. I am a bit puzzled - they mentioned an amount of R24 million in earlier news bulletins being paid to Hlongwana, but last night they were talking about R24 BILLION?

  • onetickie - 2011-06-18 07:57

    This why the government is desperate to push forward with the Info bill. Its this corruption and so much more they want do hide. There is little left to plunder from in SA but they are determined to do so with impunity.

  • onetickie - 2011-06-18 08:00

    Whenever one hears about corruption, bribes, murders or even petty crime, invariably when the names are printed it tells a very big story ......

  • Dog!! - 2011-06-18 08:05

    Interesting to note that the ANC can keep everything within the country under wraps but what they tend to forget is that the opposition parties are connected abroad. Even the outside world is prepared to assist in exposing the antics of dark Africa. Ever thought why Manual withdrew his candidacy for the IMF?

      Sizwe - 2011-06-18 08:55

      The antics of dark Africa he smuggly says, its the European owned companies that bribed you fool! The British government had a field day with their righteous prosecutions of their beloved BAE which in the end came to nill, as my friends corruption is every where the question is do you chose to see it or not...

      Atoombom - 2011-06-18 10:24

      @Sizwe - did you ever consider the fact that your black brotha asked for the bribe? Who's the fool now? No black can survive without bribery and corruption

      4b6 - 2011-06-19 00:35

      @Sizwe I agree corruption is, to varying degrees, everywhere but that certainly doesn't make it any more acceptable. However what makes it so damaging in the South African context, by comparison with the UK for example, is the sheer scale of an increasingly endemic corruption at all levels and the fact that as a developing nation with masses of poverty stricken citzens, the country cannot afford such mis-appropriation of state funds. Thus if, as in this case, the people at the top are never called to account, how can we ever expect those at lower levels to toe the line? Eventually it becomes a cancer that steadily eats away at the country's wealth and as always it is the poorest that will suffer the most. No better example of this is needed than the recently exposed case of corruption in Kenya where US$50million of donated funds intended for free schooling in poor rural areas have gone missing from the Kenyan Ministry of Education.... (Al Jazeera 17/06/2011)

      cliffarc - 2011-06-19 11:35

      - @Sizwe - Yeah right - I can just see it - BAE holding a gun to our Govt. officials heads during negotiations forcing them to take a bribe. - Idiot !

  • sainsaudi - 2011-06-18 08:57

    This leads to the big question: Why did the government of the day go outside the country to get armaments when it was possible to produce most of the armaments the country needed on South African soil. The Apartheid government had the capacity and were producing armaments for the SADF and the police. There was the knowledge and the know-how to do these things, as they had been done for years. All South African at the time needed to do was expand the existing armaments industry to building the necessary ships and planes and develop a home-grown motor industry, and millions of jobs would have been created and South Africa, in a short time would have become an exporting nation. But, in the short term, and for the quick lining of politicians' pockets, it was expedient to find outsiders and elicit bribes from willing and corrupt Europeans who would not ask for payback, like the Chinese, who would take 200% payback when the time was ripe. So, in the long run, South Africans were sold short, and the people of the country are going to continue to live in poverty. Would somebody tell me how Zuma found R65 million to fix up his homestead in KwaZulu-Natal. Or is that already classified? And where did Mbeki get R9 million to build his house in Killarney? What should be done is the overseas countries should be encouraged to investigate the Arms Deal, as this will put more pressure on the Hawks to investigate.

      croix - 2011-06-18 13:27

      sainsaudi - was it not the WALL around Mbeki's house that cost R9m? And where did Hlongwane get his MANY millions to build "Zimbali Estates" to the north of Durban - where HIS house is estimated to be worth R50m? Mail & Guardian reports interesting 'allegations' against Mr Fana.

  • Ozymandios - 2011-06-18 09:11

    This place is called a Banana Republic because our politicians are like Bananas. They are always in a bunch, always yellow and not a straight one amongst the lot of them. Now lets see the scurrying that takes place with this new claim and let's see how Zuma deals with it and what noise Juliarse Dilema makes about how 'apardheid made them to be corrupt in the arms deal.!!!! And in reality it is not corruption because we stole their right to education to enable them to manufacture planes like this in SA. So they had to level the playing fields and pay bribes and it was Colonialism that taught them such behaviour in the first place.

      Oppressor - 2011-06-18 09:40

      Who stole their right to education? They were burning down schools faster than the National party could build them! They dont want education they want handouts....the true African way.

  • observing - 2011-06-18 09:40

    We must all remember that Armscor and African Defence Systems (ADS) played a central part in all the Arms Deal irregularities: THE DISGRACEFUL AND FUNDAMENTALLY CORRUPT ORGANISATIONS AND BOTH A SHAME FOR SOUTH AFRICA – IN THE PAST, NOW AND IT LOOKS LIKE IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE AS WELL.

  • Atoombom - 2011-06-18 10:20

    No surprise whatsoever. A Black hand in any transaction constitutes to a bribe somewhere along the line

      Kevin - 2011-06-19 10:40

      Agree. Eish we do not want to work . We want mines and farms but do not want to pay.It does not matter that we have contributed zip zero to the development of the world, never invented a thing , did not know of these treasures in the ground that made factories and mines which fed our hungry people. Bad whiteys brought schools ,medicine , and all things good.Eish, We were burning those schools because we destroy all things good. Those whities also brought us cars ,soccer balls and T,V. . If you want to starve and die then SUPPORT FATBOY.Us whities are the only people who care about this country. The rest of the world laughs at you and thinks you are a joke.

  • BigMoose - 2011-06-18 11:34

    Let's see Dramat wiggle out of this one.

  • David - 2011-06-18 11:38

    Nice one!

  • Frans Smith - 2011-06-18 13:04

    i bet (like many other corrupt dealings and crime committed by the cronies) nothing will come of it? lets see...

  • John - 2011-06-18 16:29

    I think it should be covered up and newspapers should be immediately prohibited from writing anything about these or the thousands of other corrupt deals our government are involved in. After all they deserve it. Malema for President!

  • Kevin - 2011-06-19 10:33

    Come on anc. lets see you lock up your thugs for 30 years. Put them on Robben Island . Quite a few of them would feel quite at home.

  • Terrence - 2011-06-19 13:49

    Transparency anyone? How far does the rabbit hole go I wonder?

  • mandla yende - 2011-06-19 18:22

    The problem with these allegations is that the West keeps on making these allegations but there are no legal sanctions taken against the perpetrators. In other words I may confess to have provided the guns used in the cash heist but the police dont even consider taking action against me. So in other words western governments and companies pay bribes as a matter of life and existence and nothing , nothing happens to the bribe payers. So in South Africa we perceive this as some kind legal abberation: bribe payers walk and bribe payers must be hunted down. Its perverse and takes away any element of justice and real moral concern from these allegations. Now its real moral insularity to see the mote in the eye of the ANC and not even blink with the beam in your own eye!

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