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UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

FEINSTEIN RESIGNATION

STATEMENT ISSUED BY DR GERHARD KOORNHOF, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR PUBLIC ACCOUNTS

The resignation of Andrew Feinstein is a loss to Parliament and specifically regarding its role of accountability and oversight regarding the governance of public funds. He is a man of integrity who was willing to put his principles before party loyalty.

His sudden resignation confirms that something went badly wrong in the arms procurement process as well as the investigation into this matter.

This resignation is one of many deeply concerning indications that the investigation into the arms deal has become a damp squib. Unless the report from the investigation team clearly indicates the wrongs committed in the arms deal, it will be a sad moment in the history of South Africa. The eradication of corruption is the democratic duty of every Parliamentarian irrespective of party affiliation.

We wish Mr Feinstein well in his future endeavours.

Enquiries:
Dr Gerhard Koornhof, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Public Accounts

Cape Town
30 August 2001

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