ISSUED BY ANNELIZÉ VAN WYK MP,
UDM SPOKESPERSON ON SAFETY AND SECURITY
discovery of a cellular phone in the cell of Dr Allan Boesak, the start of the
investigation by the Standing Committee on Public Accounts on the defamed Arms
deal and the finalisation of the work of the Parliamentary Committee
investigating the conduct of Minister Penuel Maduna, will be a test for the
ANC's commitment to fight corruption.
The fight against corruption and unethical conduct has to this day received very
little more than lip service from the ruling ANC government. When these
instances get to close for comfort, the reaction from the ANC can only be
described as schizophrenic. This was demonstrated by reports that the
Minister in the Office of the President, Mr Pahad attempted to stop the
investigation into the Arms deal. It is encouraging to read that Deputy
President Zuma intervened. We expect nothing less from the man who
initiated a debate in parliament on the moral decline of society.
Just before an election the temptation to sweep these kinds of embarrassments
under the carpet must be overwhelming. The UDM will closely watch the
development of these cases to ensure that election fever does not result in
election sweeping. Undue political pressure from whatever sources should
not be tolerated in any of these cases.
It is now an ideal opportunity for the ANC to turn empty promises into actions
by demonstrating their commitment to fighting corruption especially when it cuts
close to the skin.
Annelizé van Wyk, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Safety and Security
13 November 2000