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UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

PARLIAMENT'S ROLE IN THE ARMS DEAL INVESTIGATION

STATEMENT ISSUED BY BANTU HOLOMISA, MP
UDM PRESIDENT

The UDM is relieved that our open letter to the Speaker has succeeded in bringing the attention of Parliament, and the nation, back to the important issue of the arms deal. The UDM is, however, surprised that the Speaker used her public office to react in the way she has done, as well as at the platform she choose to respond from.

If Parliament does appoint a committee to investigate the Speaker's role in Parliament's handling of the arms deal investigation, the UDM expresses the hope that it will not operate like other committees on the arms deal issue; i.e. as a mere rubberstamp for ANC views. In addition, such an investigation will hopefully answer outstanding questions on Parliament's role in the arms deal investigation. In this process the central question, which must be answered, is: Under which terms of reference is the arms deal investigation proceeding?

The Speaker has been involved in directing the debate on the arms deal investigation in Parliament through SCOPA and the Ethics committee. In fact, the Speaker ruled that aspects of the matter (Yengeni's undeclared gifts) may no longer be debated in the proceedings of Parliament, and therefore left the UDM with no other choice but to take the matter to the media.

Enquiries:
Bantu Holomisa, MP
UDM President

Cape Town
15 May 2001

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