DEAL PUBLIC HEARINGS: DECISION NOT TO ALLOW ELECTRONIC MEDIA COVERAGE
ISSUED BY DR GERHARD KOORNHOF, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR PUBLIC ACCOUNTS
decision by the Public Protector not to allow the electronic media to broadcast
or record the public hearings into the arms deal investigation is cause for
grave concern. The Investigating team should have anticipated this dilemma when
they decided that certain aspects of the investigation would be conducted
through public hearings.
It is now weeks after the first sitting of the public hearings, and not a single
piece of evidence has been led. This is just the latest in a string of delays
and indecisiveness that bring the credibility of the investigation into
The judgement today to dismiss the applications of the electronic media, makes a
mockery of the so-called "public" aspect of these hearings. It now
appears that journalists may take notes, but can only take photos or make
recordings before testimony is led. This raises more questions about the penness
of the process and the transparency of the investigation.
The clumsy handling of the investigation up to date leaves much to be desired.
The UDM remains concerned about the unprecedented step to conduct public
hearings into certain aspects of the arms deal. The UDM anticipated these
problems weeks ago, and warned then that it would be counter-productive.
Dr Gerhard Koornhof, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Public Accounts
11 June 2001