DEAL QUESTIONS STILL LOOMING
ISSUED BY DR GERHARD KOORNHOF, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR FINANCE
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
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.
Dr Gerhard Koornhof, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Finance
13 June 2001