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UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

ARMS DEAL QUESTIONS STILL LOOMING

STATEMENT ISSUED BY DR GERHARD KOORNHOF, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR FINANCE

The testimony by the first witnesses in the hearing of the Arms Deal confirms UDM fears that the arms acquisition process was not as clear cut as the government would have us believe, but that it was in fact riddled with problems and uncertainties.

Amongst the issues raised was that the Department of Defence did not have the capacity to manage a Multi-project approach. Another problematic area was that Instead of a bottom-up approach being taken, a top-down approach was followed. In this process the politicians were the major decision-makers, instead of the specialists. This interference by politicians, both individually and collectively, has still not been sufficiently highlighted and clarified. A further riddle is that the cost to the state of this arms deal is still an unknown factor, but it is estimated that the eventual price could very well be in excess of R 50 billion.

Surprisingly there had been no provision for conflict-of-interest declarations until very late in the acquisition process. This is the exact reason why allegations of corruption have been raised.

Enquiries:
Dr Gerhard Koornhof, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Finance

Cape Town
13 June 2001

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