De Lille Slams "Campaign" to Discredit Her
Pan Africanist Congress MP
Patricia De Lille has lambasted the government for what she termed "a
vicious campaign" to discredit her and sources associated with the probe
into the R43-billion arms deal.
Responding to a report in The
Star that the key source of the documents that formed the basis of the
investigation, one Bheki Jacobs, whose real name is Hassan Solomon, could have
fabricated the documents to get back at the African National Congress, De Lille
said she refused to be drawn into discussing her sources in the media.
However, she said it was clear
the government had devised a vicious strategy to discredit her and sources
related to the arms deal.
'The real issue is not the source but the substance'
"By trying to discredit the
source, they are trying to discredit me. I will not be drawn into speculation by
people who want to impress the government.
"The real issue is not the
source, but the substance of the allegations that have been made.
"What you know is just a
tip of the iceberg. This campaign against me has not moved me. I will not waver
in demanding a full investigation into the arms deal. The government wants to
divert attention to other issues so that people could forget about the real
investigation," she said.
She said there was enough
evidence that warranted a probe, citing the reports of the auditor-general and
the standing committee on public accounts.
Justice ministry spokesperson
Paul Setsetse dismissed De Lille's argument as nonsense. He said that despite
her utterances, De Lille had not produced any evidence to back up her claims of
massive corruption in the deal.
With acknowledgement to Khathu Mamaila and Independent Online.