DA welcomes possible arms deal probe

2011-07-31 22:42

Johannesburg - Reports that the Hawks are looking to determine whether criminal charges should be brought against South Africans involved in the arms deal are to be welcomed, the DA said on Sunday.

"In my view, the Hawks have effectively launched a preliminary investigation into the new information that has emerged in Sweden," the Democratic Alliance's shadow defence minister David Maynier said in a statement.

The Sunday Times reported that Hawks head Anwa Dramat would speak to European authorities about whether any South Africans should be criminally charged for the multi-billion-rand deal. This is contained in a letter Dramat wrote to Scopa chairperson Thembi Godi.

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

Manyier said the letter was "a significant new development", and that the DA was hopeful this would lead to the reopening of the arms deal probe.

The move by the Hawks follows an admission by Swedish defence group Saab last month that about R24m had been paid by BAE Systems to its South African subsidiary Sanip Pty Ltd.

Sanip was still under BAE's control at the time.

Former defence minister Joe Modise's adviser, Fana Hlongwane, allegedly received commissions relating to the acquisition of 26 Gripen fighter jets from Saab/British Aerospace.

The preliminary investigation would depend on co-operation between the Hawks and law enforcement authorities in Sweden and Britain,  Maynier said.

The 1999 deal with South Africa provided for, amongst others, the sale of 28 jets for €1.6bn, but this was later whittled down to 26.

The last plane was expected to be delivered next year.

  • SaintBruce - 2011-07-31 23:29

    Some questions I have: How long does it take to build a fighter jet? How long does it take to build a warship? How come the warships got here before the fighter jets? In any of these mega million Rand deals a financing arrangement is made. loans are granted and repayment takes many years. So how much will my children actually pay back via taxes over the term of these loans? (Remember Sasol was financed by the German Banks on a 40 year loan agreement which may still be in play). Who brokered the loans and what commissions have been paid? If the whole deal is basically corrupt, and may be illegal or void, do we have a chance at recovering any of this money (taxpayers hard earned money) at all , if ever?

      Adrian Galley - 2011-08-01 00:12


      Martin du Plessis - 2011-08-01 00:13

      Probably not.

      cliffarc - 2011-08-01 00:35

      - My question is how much longer will it take ,to finally get all the thieves behind bars ? This Arm's deal fiasco is not going away - The longer it takes, the more the anc loses it's creditability.

      Smaal - 2011-08-01 07:39

      Boys, don’t hold your breaths. Africa and Africans are corrupt by nature. They all know it and they all know how to cover each other. If you haven’t noticed everyone in the ANC has “something” on everyone else thus no one sais anything and any investigations “disappears” before it begins. I doubt that anything will come of this considering who is involved.

  • Henni Apple - 2011-08-01 04:43

    i believe this whole deal financed the anc people to have a royal life. money taken from SA working people's taxes. the sad thing is that the majority people see nothing wrong with this whole deal. it is again just a few bitching and moaning. nothing will come of this because the anc will not allow any to happen. clearly the money is long gone and one lone ranger paid for it (well uncle zuma got him out of jail too), and now he is a hero in the anc playing golf with the money he made

  • paypalawsuit - 2011-08-01 06:41

    what i meant, zuma and buddy shaik. anyone can play golf but i am talking about shaik that are suppose to been dying, is playing golf. now i see this too: "Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies confirmed that Ferrostaal paid R75m towards the movie based on Mandela's biography as part of its arms deal offset"

  • Mathanga - 2011-08-01 07:04

    It looks like the cost of doing this investigation exceeds its benefits. Since when they starterd it? Where was this Sweden company when this investigation was closed? It looks like we are being fooled around now. Hawks must just do one thing, if they don't have "concrete" evidence that will lead to arrests, they must just not do it coz its another waste of tax payers money!

      Mystic Boer - 2011-08-01 07:23

      The Swedish company has only recently publicly admitted to paying strong do you like your concrete?

  • Shorts1 - 2011-08-01 07:23

    Given that the Swedish Government, and hence Swedish business interests as a whole, took a very strong stand against the political policies of & abuse of power by the National Party many years ago to support democratic change in South Africa, they are now morally obliged to take an equaly strong stand against the ANC's undemocratic corruption practices and blatant abuse of power. Failure to do so would make them guilty of racially biased double standards. Time will tell as to what decisions they make in this respect.

  • ZotBot - 2011-08-01 08:44

    I am looking forward to seeing how all the ANC leaders lie for each other. Until one breaks under pressure, or is caught out, then he'll expose the rest and the whole ANC will be exposed as thieves of people. The poor will see that the once beloved ANC, are all just a bunch of thieves. HAHAHAHA, Viva Democracy, Viva Mandela, Viva Da. VIVAAAAAAAAA

  • Badballie - 2011-08-01 10:24

    Sounded good until you got to the "Hawks head Anwa Dramat would speak to European authorities about whether any South Africans should be criminally charged for the multi-billion-rand deal" part, since when do we need international approval to bring charges, over and above which the international outcome is that there is sufficient proof of irregularities, come on buggies grow a pair.

  • Muzi - 2011-08-01 10:32

    Update on what will happen. Nothing. now you are all updated.

  • Kevin - 2011-08-01 11:16

    A dream come true would be to see the useless corrupt rubbish officials who took bribes get 30 years. Yes ,i know it's not a long sentence considering the severity of the crime against South Africa, but it is better than nothing.

  • ConcernedMom - 2011-08-01 12:19

    Allegations were made that the previous government also took all that they could before things changed. If this is so, they should also be investigated. That would have come out of our taxes just the same as now! ALL CORRUPTION IS WRONG and should be investigated.

  • Whoa! - 2011-08-05 10:12

    Hopefully ANC govt will come clean at some stage. Remember the TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE. Do they actually care about the poor people that voted them in to power? or is it all about their greed? Why do people keep them in power?

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