Publication: SABC Website Issued: Date: 2001-08-31 Reporter: Editor:

Arms Hearings Ends


Publication  SABC Website
Date 2001-08-31
Web Link,1009,20180,00.html


An investigation will be launched into the release of secret defence documents by Dr Richard Young of Communications Computer Intelligence Systems.

Johnny Kamerman, the project head of the Corvettes programme, has accused Young of compromising state security. Kamerman was giving evidence in rebuttal of Young's testimony at the public hearings into the final day of government's multi-billion rand arms probe.

Kamerman says Young, who has top security clearance from Armscor, is fully aware of the security implications of making the documents public. The alleged security breach could cause Young to lose out on Armscor contracts.

There are also indications that he could face civil action from those he had implicated at the public hearings which ended today. Speaking at the end of the hearings, Selby Baqwa, the Public Protector, says despite the fact that some of the most vocal people towards the arms probe did not come forward, he was satisfied with the way proceedings had gone.

Baqwa says he hopes that they will work together with other investigating teams, forensic and criminal, and hand a report to parliament at the end of next month

With acknowledgements to the SABC.