Publication: SABC News Issued: Date: 2000-11-06 Reporter: SABC Editor:

Patricia de Lille to Testify

Publication  SABC News
Date 2000-11-06
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Patricia De Lille, Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) Member of Parliament says she's prepared to testify before the parliament public accounts committee on allegations that some senior ANC officials have been engaged in corruption in the R45-million arms procurement deal. 

De Lille raised the matter in parliament in September last year. She said she was informed by a disgruntled African National Congress (ANC) MP about the deal.

Parliament's watchdog public accounts committee has recommended that an investigation into the deal be carried out. The deal will involve at least five independent agencies. De Lille says now that the matter has received the government's attention, she is prepared to tell all. Mosiuoa Lekota, Defence Minister, has expressed his delight that the investigation into the matter has finally begun. Lekota says investigations have been delayed because De Lille could not provide concrete evidence which would warrant an investigation. 

Meanwhile, the Public Accounts Committee has promised a thorough investigation into the deal. Speaking on behalf of the Public Accounts Committee Andrew Feinstein said a hearing has already been held to investigate the matter. - SABC 

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