ISSUED BY BANTU HOLOMISA, MP
UDM is disgusted by media reports (Burger of 17 October) that Cabinet is
supervising the writing of the arms deal investigation report, and have
already asked for a redraft.
This is yet another example of government interference in the process of
investigating the multi-billion rand arms deal. The UDM repeatedly urged that
the investigation should be independent of government, exactly to avoid these
types of problems. Instead we again witness Parliament and its Public Accounts
committee being ignored, as if the public representatives of the South African
people are not entitled to protect and uphold their interests. Once again ANC
interests are placed before the interests of the country.
It is ridiculous that the very structure that is being investigated can
supervise the drafting of the final report, and actually demand a redraft. We
can only assume that the report makes findings which are not politically
expedient for the ANC, and that the report is now getting the same treatment
that the crime statistics and the MRC HIV/AIDS report got. It is truly
disgusting to watch the ANC's increasing disdain for independent and critical
thought; in this regard they behave no differently than the Apartheid regime.
Democracy is on a slippery slope when facts are being suppressed, and when
accountability and transparency are no longer respected.
Bantu Holomisa, MP
17 October 2001