ROLE IN THE ARMS DEAL INVESTIGATION
ISSUED BY BANTU HOLOMISA, MP
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.
Bantu Holomisa, MP
15 May 2001