AND YENGENI RAISE MORE QUESTIONS
ISSUED BY BANTU HOLOMISA, MP
advertisement by Tony Yengeni has only raised more questions than answers. It is
filled with half-truths and obfuscation, leaving the most obvious and pressing
questions surrounding his luxury vehicles unanswered. Such as the fact that EADS
is not mentioned in the advertisement, although Daimler Chrysler Aerospace is
now part of it, and did get a lucrative arms contract. He still does not explain
why he bought a vehicle from an arms dealer, or why it was not declared to
Three areas of concern remain.
1. Where is the documented evidence of his vehicle acquisitions?
2. Who paid for this advertisement?
3. What is the motivation behind the timing of the advertisement?
This last aspect is of particular concern, since it creates the impression that
Mr Yengeni was preparing to defend himself against possible implication in the
arms deal hearing which resumed today, with the evidence of Minister Lekota. It
is perhaps significant that the hearings were postponed after the short
testimony of the Minister of Defence. The Minister claims that government was
not involved in the awarding of subcontracts, in spite of documentary proof
published in the media of Chief of Arms Acquisitions, Chippy Shaik, advising a
prime contractor to make use of a specific sub-contractor. Is this a question of
government trying to distance itself from subcontracts, because they are aware
that corruption occurred, such as the allegations regarding Yengeni and EADS?
The UDM is disgusted by the contempt Mr Yengeni has shown for Parliament.
Firstly he has communicated via the media, whilst refusing Parliament's Ethics
Committee answers. Secondly his advertisement tries to create the impression
that Parliament approved the exorbitant spending on arms, when in fact it
approved the Defence Review that placed a ceiling on Defence expenditure over
the medium term. Parliament's express recommendations on arms spending were
The UDM is convinced that the arms deal investigation is faltering. We can draw
no other conclusion considering the evidence piling up in the media against
various high-placed government officials, whilst the public hearings continue to
be a damp squib. The UDM calls on the ANC against the above-mentioned background
to suspend Mr Yengeni until there is clarity about his vehicles. He cannot
continue his work as Chief Whip of the Majority Party, whilst undermining the
structures of Parliament, until such clarity has been gained.
Bantu Holomisa, MP
17 July 2001.