Back to 2001 media releases
Back to Arms Deal Page

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

CABINET INTERFERENCE WITH ARMS INVESTIGATION IS INTOLERABLE

STATEMENT ISSUED BY BANTU HOLOMISA, MP
UDM PRESIDENT

The UDM has officially requested Parliament's Public Accounts Committee to call President Mbeki and relevant Ministers (who served on the Cabinet Committee that was responsible for the Arms Deal) to explain their involvement in the arms deal and investigation. One of our major concerns is their use of Apartheid era law to have access to, and amend, the Arms Report before it came to Parliament.

We are shocked by revelations in the Mail and Guardian today that this Apartheid legislation had been invoked to influence the original Auditor General report of September 2000 that led to Parliament's Public Accounts Committee requesting the Arms Deal Investigation in its 14th Report of November 2000. It lends further credibility to suspicions that Cabinet controlled this whole investigation from the outset

The allegations in today's media that Chippy Shaik had already influenced the earlier 2000 report of the AG are of an extremely serious nature. It further illustrates the power that Mr Shaik wielded, and his influence over, and close working relationship with, members of the Cabinet. Why then should Members of the Cabinet Sub-committee not be held accountable for the actions of such an official?

These latest revelations increases the necessity for Mbeki, as Chairperson of the Cabinet Sub-committee who were responsible for the Arms Deal, and the other Cabinet members who served on that committee, to come before SCOPA to explain their involvement. Failure to do so will only fuel suspicions of a conspiracy of staggering proportions.

Enquiries:
Bantu Holomisa, MP
UDM President

Cape Town
23 November 2001

Back to 2001 media releases
Back to Arms Deal Page