DA wants arms deal documents

2011-06-27 20:54

Cape Town - The DA will use the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) to gain access to two reports related to BAE/Saab's compliance with offset obligations under the National Industrial Participation Programme (NIPP).

The request would be submitted to the trade and industry department (DTI), Democratic Alliance spokesperson David Maynier said in a statement on Monday.

In terms of the strategic defence package signed on December 3 1999, BAE/Saab incurred an offset obligation under NIPP.

The NIPP programme, administered by the DTI, required any state purchase in excess of $10m from firms selling foreign products to effectively reinvest in South Africa.

BAE/Saab, who supplied the 24 Hawk and 26 Gripen fighter jets, were obliged, in terms of the contract, to reinvest a total of $7.2bn in South Africa by 2011.

"The DTI is responsible for monitoring the NIPP. However, the department's reports are at best obscure, not least because company names do not appear in the annual report, making it difficult to determine if BAE/Saab were complying with their obligations under the NIPP," Maynier said.

However, two reports commissioned by the DTI suggested that there were problems relating to BAE/Saab's compliance with the NIPP.

"A report, prepared by SAB&T Chartered Accountants, relating to BAE/Saab's involvement in a defence department demilitarisation project, found that 'government was not getting optimal value'.

"Another report, prepared by NAD Auditors, relating to BAE/Saab's involvement in Denel Saab Aerostructures, suggests that there was a failure to meet 'key performance areas'."

Maynier said it was clear that the consultant's reports suggested all was not well with BAE/Saab's compliance with the NIPP.

  • Francois - 2011-06-27 21:03

    Here is a chance for the Alliance to ' regain moral authority'!!!

      Nari - 2011-06-27 21:44

      Oh!You wish, DA will never ever get any change unless whites stop desliking blacks in their own country and for the record ANC is going to rule this country until Jesus comes , like it or not, you will be under a black president as long as you leave in SA and good luck your 21% DA... my ANC 71%, you must stop following DA to nowhere, you sound like you blind when you can clearely see

      Deon - 2011-06-27 22:14

      @ Nari Hey idiot,we dont "desliking" the blacks.We hate them if they are as stupid as you.

      Ogre - 2011-06-28 00:26

      Nari, you clearly underestimate the average South African. More than 60% of people polled by the Sowetan was against nationalisation. The Western Cape was a good indication after Malema and company bragged that the ANC would take over the WC in the previous election. He is trying his best with his last few rants to hide the egg on his face.

      Worldwise - 2011-06-28 07:50

      @ Nari, whites don't care about the colour of the president and neither who rules the country. They just want an honest government that looks after the people that voted it in. Unlike the corrupt theives we now have in company. Whites will vote for any honest government with realistic policies. So you believe JZ's slogan about the ANC ruling till Jesus comes? Hitler also bragged about having a 1000 year reich.

      Anonymous123 - 2011-07-31 23:41

      I've no objections to a black president and I think most South Africans don't either as as long as things start improving for everyone and not just a select few.

  • Nico - 2011-06-27 22:05

    @Nari.... You are a "dom fokker", can't even spell and write.... ha ha ha ha

      Greybeard - 2011-06-27 22:30

      children, play nice!

  • cgtours - 2011-06-27 22:35

    WE as Citizens of South Africa demand to know the truth!! We pay Taxes. THE ANC Government is thereto look after th inerest of all- NoT THEMSELVES WE ARE PAYING THEM. we demand to know!!!

  • Zupta - 2011-06-28 01:35

    Nice one Maynier just kee the pressure we want the truth and those brought to book. No gravy train ride in SA.

  • - 2011-06-28 08:49

    Auk meddim, die dokuwements, hy es missing.

  • StoneAngel - 2011-06-28 12:24

    The more the ANC government - if one can call it a government - tries to hide the matter of the Arms Deal the more suspicious we become - if all was well and 'above board' why then do they want to hide the truth? If just one ANC member can give us a logical ,coherent and reasonable argument why the facts and figures have to be hidden then I would like to hear or see it.

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