Witness in Arms Deal Saga Contest Earlier Testimony
Richard Young, the managing director of a Cape
Town-based defence information technology company, will continue his testimony
today at the hearings into the government's multibillion rand arms deal.
In his testimony in Pretoria yesterday Young, the
first witness outside government to testify in the public hearings into the arms
deal, accused prominent figures of misrepresenting the facts to procure the
strategic defence package.
Those implicated by
his testimony include Chippy Shaik, the Head of Acquisition in the Defence
Department, Frits Nortje, the former Corvette programme manager, and Johnny
Kamerman, the Corvette project officer, who has since been promoted to
Young also disputed
earlier testimony heard by the presiding panel in several respects. It was, for
example, difficult to believe evidence by cabinet ministers that the government
had nothing to do with the awarding of subcontracts, Young said.
He contends there were
irregularities in the awarding of a R40 million tender for information
management systems used in the four Corvette ships South Africa bought under the
arms package. Young's testimony, in part of a highly technical nature, comprised
a typed document of more than 70 pages. He was about halfway through when the
hearings were adjourned until today.
With acknowledgment to Sapa and SABC News.