Shaik Sat in on Meetings
acquisition head Chippy Shaik recused himself from corvette programme meetings
where his conflict of interest had been relevant, the public inquiry into SA's
armaments deal heard yesterday.
Retired navy chief R-Adm
Robert Simpson-Anderson testified before the hearing that although Shaik had sat
in on some of the meetings, he did not participate in them.
and R-Adm Johnny Kamerman gave evidence before the hearing yesterday.
On Wednesday public
protector Selby Baqwa ruled that both men could give evidence to rebut the
testimony of Robert Young, MD of Communications Computer Intelligence
Baqwa made the ruling
after Young implicated both men in his testimony. Baqwa found that
Simpson-Anderson's integrity had been challenged.
Earlier this week
Young rejected parts of Simpson-Anderson's evidence, which had been placed
before the inquiry earlier in the year.
Young has also accused
Kamerman of misrepresenting the facts on price audits of the corvettes when he
appeared before Parliament's public audit committee.
Young's evidence was
considered important as he was the only witness who claimed to have evidence of
irregularities in the arms deal. He contended that there were irregularities in
the awarding of a R40m tender for the information management system used in the
four corvette ships SA had bought.
Young's counsel, Owen
Rodgers, was overruled by Baqwa on several occasions yesterday when he tried to
cross examine Simpson-Anderson on what he claimed were "pertinent issues in
the interest of his client". Baqwa said the proceedings "would be
lengthened unnecessarily if he permitted this line of questioning".
information management system technology while working for UEC Projects under an
Armscor contract in the 1990s.
Yesterday Young denied
media reports that he had tried to sell off any intellectual property as his
to Sanchia Temkin and Business Day.