Publication: DA Website Author: David Maynier Date: 2015-12-31

Arms Procurement Commissionís final report must be made public


Publication  DA Website
Author  David Maynier
Date 2015-12-31
Link DA Website


President Jacob Zuma has now received the final report of the Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of Fraud, Corruption, Impropriety or Irregularity in the Strategic Defence Procurement Package (ďArms Procurement CommissionĒ).

The Arms Procurement Commission, which was formally established on 04 November 2011, has taken more than four years to complete its work, and has cost an absolute fortune: more than R100 million.

The Arms Procurement Commission has been embroiled in controversy from the start and expectations are that, at least when it comes to the crucial question of whether the arms deal was tainted by fraud and corruption, the final report will be a whitewash and that those who were alleged to have been involved in arms deal corruption, including President Jacob Zuma himself, have nothing to fear.

The Arms Procurement Commissionís terms of reference do not compel the president to make the final report public. However, we believe that it is in the public interest that the final report, together with the interim reports, produced at six-month intervals, be made public as soon as possible.

It is noteworthy to see how sensitive is The President on this issue.

And the DA's press release is in fact not all that tough.

As Shadow Minister of Finance, David Maynier had much tougher things to say regarding the recent greatcoats on, greatcoats parade regarding the Cabinet Minister of Finance.

Clearly, The President is far more sensitive about a 15-year-old affair than he does about a current affair that has just wiped about R200 billion of value off the fiscal landscape.

No wonder, the latter only involves obtuse stupidity for which, at least the last time I looked, was not a criminal offence.

The former affair which concerns Mr Maynier involves criminal conduct involving the President which calls for sanctions of a minimum of 15 years of incarceration for a wide range of natural persons and 20 years commercial blacklisting for a wide range of juristic persons.