DA's arms deal probe bid lacks support

2011-06-22 17:32

Cape Town - The DA on Wednesday lamented the lack of support by other opposition parties for its bid to have top officials appear before the public accounts committee (Scopa) in connection with the arms deal.

"The DA is disappointed that the other opposition party members of Scopa, including its chairperson, Themba Godi MP, were not prepared to support the DA proposal, which was vigorously opposed by the ANC members of the committee," DA spokesperson Mark Steele and David Maynier said after the committee's meeting on Wednesday.

During the meeting, the DA proposed that Scopa use its parliamentary powers to call Hawks chief Anwar Dramat and National Prosecuting Authority  head Menzi Simelane to explain the decision to terminate the investigation into the arms deal.

"The need to re-open the investigation was reinforced by recent revelations that BAE Systems, formerly a partner of Swedish company Saab, paid R24m in commissions to a South African recipient, reportedly Fana Hlongwane, who at the time was an advisor to former defence minister Jeff Modise," they said.

It seemed clear to the DA, and to many South Africans, that Dramat had a case to answer, concerning his decision to close the investigation.

It was clear from the Hawks memorandum recently obtained by Maynier that the reasons given for terminating the investigation were inadequate.

Scopa undertook to ask the Hawks and NPA to provide further clarification, in writing, of the reasons given in the memorandum for closing the investigation.

The DA would monitor their responses closely and continue efforts to ensure effective parliamentary oversight of decisions surrounding the arms deal investigation.

"To this end, it is essential that the key players be held accountable by Scopa in public hearings," Steele and Maynier said.

  • Slapper - 2011-06-22 17:37

    I'll bet it lacks support. The majority of ANC are either involved or too afraid to go against their crooked masters. Disgraceful, but it will all come out, no matter what they try. Guarantee though that no money will be taken back.

      lean - 2011-06-22 18:17

      Western Cape - become an independent state. We will support DA's arms deal!!!

      James Weather - 2011-06-22 18:57

      Its coming boys ... Its a matter of time before they catch those fat cats! One day when ANC is out of power probes will be done on all those dodgy overnight millionaires... How long can you fat cats run for...

      Ogre - 2011-06-22 23:28

      James,if the ANC should lose the election or decide to act on the criminal activity in government, flights to non extradition countries will be at a premium. Charter companies will see a boom that will make the Word Cup seem like a school bazaar. The expression " my kingdom for a horse" will change to " my Swiss bank acount for a seat on a plane".

  • Smindlo - 2011-06-22 17:38

    dont expect the COPE guys to support you, they as corrupt as the current regime of kleptocrats. Lekota was minister of defence at some point, remember!!! so he knows a lot about the rot that went on...inverstigating this would be hard, but its worth the try...its our tax money that was stolen.

      Eric West - 2011-06-22 18:11

      Actually, Joe Modise was the Minister of Defence, at the time.

      Frans Smith - 2011-06-22 18:15

      Eric, I thought he was... "under President Thabo Mbeki, he served in the Cabinet of South Africa as Minister of Defence from 17 June 1999 to 25 September 2008. His nickname Terror Lekota comes from his playing style on the soccer field."

  • Bheki - 2011-06-22 17:59

    viva anc viva ancyl we rule forever all our land back one day haha

      Mike_L - 2011-06-22 18:12

      ....and what a barren, poverty-stricken wasteland it will be!

      Cire - 2011-06-22 18:17

      And then you can give the land back to the San, since you are so concerned about returning land that was stolen. Just remember that the San occupied the whole of Southern Africa for thousands of years before the brothers hoved into sight - long before 1651. Or didn't you take history at school?

      Rapier - 2011-06-22 18:17

      The world belongs to all who live on it. The days of the ANC are numbered with the rampant corruption my friend. You laugh at your peril, in the dark and dangerous corners of what you think is a mind. Michelle Obama got the THINKING, educated Youth of Soweto, in Regina Mundi Church chanting "YES WE CAN" - there is no such thing as "winning" your land back - for what? TO let it fall into unfarmable degradation. Get an education - the people who have are now voting DA. The THINKING peoples option. EVEN today, ANC Voters were protesting against the lack of service delivery AGAIN.....!

      Ogre - 2011-06-22 23:31

      Bheki, squaaaak, squaaak, polly wants a cracker. Stop echoing like a parrot and risk having an original thought. I promise you it should not hurt too much.

      York Hunt - 2011-06-23 08:35

      Bheki are you a racist? Just asking...

  • Cire - 2011-06-22 18:14

    Gosh, what a surprise!

  • Sit-hole - 2011-06-22 18:17

    Of course there is no support to investigate the arms deal. If investigations take place, then there will no goverment left & DA can fix up all the cANCer's F A cups.

  • Bheki - 2011-06-22 19:11

    san SAN there is no san only half whote half blacks u idiots, all u can talk about is san but there is no such !!! is barak obama a san ? stupids

      Ogre - 2011-06-22 23:45

      Are you suggesting Benny Alexander(PAC) was a figment of your imagination, or did he falsely lable himself as Koisan. Or did Jan Van Riebeeck get into a time machine, transport a bushman back and encourage him to paint on a few cave walls in order to create a great conspiracy in order to dupe a few people a few hundred years later.And you dont have to sign your real name at the end of your comment.

      Cire - 2011-06-23 11:04

      @Bheki - I see that you didn't go to school at all - never mind just not take history. Unless you are joking and trying to cause trouble, you appear completely ignorant about your own country! Maybe you are a victim of OBE?

  • Bheki - 2011-06-22 19:12

    u all dont get it WE DONT CARE ABOUT WHAT HAPENS TO THE LAND AS LONG AS IT IS ALL IN OUR HANDS same with mines, anything!!!!

      Kevin - 2011-06-22 19:49

      #Bheki - what washing powder did your "comrades" use to wash your brain? I would like to purchase some, as it appears that you pea-brain is now "whiter that white" i.e totally BLANK!

      oxygen - 2011-06-22 20:00

      @ Bheki - ugly little Troll

      Ogre - 2011-06-22 23:52

      I have now come to realise that bheki is an agent specifically trained by a third force to drive supporters away from the ANC as these supporters would not like to be associated with people like him, and its working!!!! Bheki, well done, we need more of you.

      Bill - 2011-06-23 08:14

      Of all like things better that way...huh!

  • Chibuli - 2011-06-22 19:16

    The ANC has outlived it's purpose of eliminating apartheid. It has now become a greedy, corrupt, populist movement (like most African "liberation movements turned political parties") which is unsustainable. If it does not transform itself into a movement supporting best practices of good governance, it WILL suffer the same fate as all other African kleptocracies. Eventually they will be FORCED out of power - and then they will have to answer to civilised society. I predict they will follow ZANU-PF into oblivion. The signs are there for all to see... they read "DA". Those who believe the ANC will rule until Jesus comes suffer from delusion.

  • Zupta - 2011-06-23 03:46

    DA why don't u ask for public support on this probe. U wouldn't get support from crooks. Hey wena , let's all put pressure on government for this probe. Pressure from business, the public, etc will get this moving . DA don't quit, say yes we can.

      Mad Hatter - 2011-06-23 12:56

      Agreed , unfortunately they have already replaced 2 head of procecutions to keep this under wraps so the will to circumvent this investigation at all costs is there .

  • shmangle - 2011-06-23 08:14

    Long Live The Fifth Column!

  • Tsundzuka - 2011-06-23 08:28

    At the end of the day DA is an opposition party trying to get ANC members/supporters to fight one another and mistrust one another. I just wish it (DA) would just focus on fixing its own house instead of pointing out splinters in thy brethren's eye ignoring the log/plank in its own eye

  • John Paul - 2011-06-27 21:57

    We all believe and know that the ANC arms deal was about an Africa country getting arms cheap from Europe to take military response-ability for actions in Africa. Clearly Mbeki, Zuma and the boys saw another opportunity to swindle the European Socialists again, get the bribes, and let the equipment go to rot. Let others, like the Ethiopians battle Africa's fights. It is Ethiopia that should be in the UN security council and not the south african gangsters.

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