Contractor Admits He Helped Spark Arms Probe
personal beliefs of a disgruntled defence contractor partly sparked the
allegations of wrongdoing in the strategic arms package, the public hearings
into the deal revealed in Pretoria on Tuesday.
emerged while the contractor, Richard Young, was being questioned about his view
that the product of a competitor who beat him to a tender was inferior.
it was your beliefs that sparked all these allegations?" asked Michael
Kuper, for the department of defence.
Young responded: "To a certain extent, yes."
also suggested Young had deliberately sought to discredit the arms procurement
process through the media after he lost the contract.
is managing director of Communications Computer Intelligence Integration Systems
(CCII), a Cape Town-based defence information technology company.
contends that there were irregularities in the awarding of a R40-million tender
for information management systems used in the four corvettes South Africa
bought under the arms package.
was named the preferred supplier of these systems, Young claims, but the tender
was awarded to French company Detexis.
is the sister company of African Defence Systems, of which arms acquisition head
Chippy Shaik's brother, Schabir, is a shareholder and director.
questioned Young's testimony of the past two days, suggesting it was rife with
The hearings continue.
acknowledgment to Sapa and Independent Online.