Arms Probe Postponed
Richard Young, the managing director of
Communications, Computers, Intelligence Integration Systems, a defence
information technology company, will have to wait until August 27, to testify
about alleged irregularities in awarding a tender for information management
systems for four new corvettes.
The public hearings
into government's multi-billion rand arms procurement deal, which was supposed
to resume this morning, was delayed for several hours, and has just been
postponed for two weeks.The inquiry panel, chaired by Public Protector, Selby
Baqwa, has met with Young's legal representatives in Pretoria to discuss the
Young claims his
company was named as the preferred supplier. The tender was later awarded to
Detexis, a French company. It is the sister company of African Defence Systems
in which Chippy Shaik, the brother of chief arms negotiator, Shabir, has a
His testimony is
expected to implicate a number of individuals and organisations.
agencies, the Public Protector, the National Directorate of Public Prosecutions
and the Auditor-General's Office, are probing between forty and fifty
allegations of wrongdoing in the arms procurement deal. A team of about thirty
members from the agencies and a number of other experts are handling the
criminal and forensic probe.
With acknowledgement to SABC News.