AND INDUSTRY OFFICIAL'S VIP CAR DISCOUNT CASTS A SHADOW OVER ARMS DEAL
ISSUED BY BANTU HOLOMISA, MP
UDM welcomes the belated decision by the Department of Trade and Industry to
investigate and sanction the activities of Mr Vanan Pillay with regard to his
acquisition of a discounted VIP car through arms manufacturer EADS.
The revelations regarding Mr Pillay and other state employees acquiring
discounted luxury vehicles, casts a shadow over the already controversial arms
deal. The revelations that Mr Pillay and others did receive gifts and did not
declare these properly, brings into disrepute the statements by Minister Erwin
and other Ministers before Parliament's Public Accounts Committee, earlier this
year. So too, it undermines the Minister's testimony before the public hearings
into the arms deal. The Minister contended that no single person could influence
the deal and that he, and the other Cabinet members on the arms acquisition
committee, had hands-on control over the process. As the revelations about
high-ranking and influential officials increase, so the credibility of these
government assertions of complete and utter propriety in the arms deal dwindles.
The UDM is especially concerned that the arms deal investigators may have been
led astray by these vehement claims that the arms deal is completely above
At the very least the Ministers owe Parliament an explanation. The UDM calls on
the Ministers to appear before SCOPA again to clarify these matters, and to
indicate how these state officials will be sanctioned.
Bantu Holomisa, MP
9 July 2001