ISSUED BY BANTU HOLOMISA, MP
SABC contacted myself, and other political leaders, yesterday to record my
comments on the Arms Deal Report that has cleared government of all wrongdoing.
Subsequently, SABC was gagged to withhold the story, apparently because it would
upset this afternoon's stage-managed exercise.
This afternoon's informal briefing is a stage-managed public relations exercise,
where no questions will be allowed. It can serve no purpose other than the
Investigation Team speaking on behalf of government to a report, which has been
tampered with by the Executive. The UDM Caucus has decided that it will not
participate in this afternoon's cover-up. However, the UDM will participate in
the parliamentary committees' deliberations.
When President Mbeki refused to appoint a judicial commission of inquiry or a
Special Investigation Unit, South Africans lost confidence in the ability of the
government's preferred agencies to conduct a proper investigation. The UDM and
many in this country are not surprised that these agencies have produced a
celebrated palace verdict. It should be noted that these agencies refused to
publish their terms of reference.
The last word on the Arms Deal is still yet to be pronounced. The patriotic
media in this country must continue where they left off. Unfortunately, SCOPA
and other parliamentary committees have been undermined by the ANC in this
exercise and they will continue to be sidelined. For example, SCOPA has planned
to meet tomorrow to discuss its engagement in the processing of the report, but
the Speaker has subsequently without consultation instructed SCOPA, and other
committees, to meet this afternoon to decide their roles in the process. This
blatantly ignores the independent role of parliamentary committees.
We will continue to tell the population that SA is losing its grip in the
fight against corruption.
Bantu Holomisa, MP
15 November 2001