Publication: Business Day Issued: Date: 2001-03-26 Reporter: Sapa Editor:

De Lille Vindicated on Arms Deal

Publication  Business Day
Date 2001-03-26
Reporter Sapa
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PAN Africanist Congress MP Patricia de Lille said the Sunday Times report on African National Congress chief whip Tony Yengeni's alleged mysterious acquisition of a luxury vehicle vindicated some of her concerns about the R43bn arms deal.  

One of the first to allege corruption in the arms deal, she praised the newspaper's investigating team yesterday, saying it was good such information was "coming out in the media, especially as there are doubts about the official investigation". 

De Lille called on national assembly speaker Frene Ginwala to take action because an MP was involved. "I call on the speaker to act now, since she previously said there was no evidence of wrongdoing by an MP."  

President Thabo Mbeki should also answer some questions in view of his statement that there was no prima facie evidence of a crime when he excluded the Heath investigating unit from the arms probe.  

"Was the president aware of the allegations, and if not, why did national director of public prosecutions Bulelani Ngcuka not tell him?"  

She said in January she had death threats for her stance on the arms deal. If people tried to "take her out" it would not stop the PAC calling for a thorough investigation into the arms deal.  

"I'm more concerned about my family than myself. People must just know that taking me out will not stop this." 

With acknowledgement to Sapa and Business Day.