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UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

ARMS DEAL INVESTIGATION BEING STAGE-MANAGED

STATEMENT ISSUED BY BANTU HOLOMISA, MP
UDM PRESIDENT

The 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.

Enquiries:
Bantu Holomisa, MP
UDM President

Cape Town
15 November 2001

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