2000

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


BOESAK AND ARMS DEAL INVESTIGATION: EQUAL JUSTICE A MYTH?

STATEMENT ISSUED BY ANNELIZÉ VAN WYK MP,
UDM SPOKESPERSON ON SAFETY AND SECURITY

The 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.

Enquiries:
Annelizé van Wyk, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Safety and Security

Cape Town
13 November 2000