Publication: Business Day Issued: Date: 2001-08-31 Reporter: Editor:

Miffed by Missing Slice of Bread

Publication  Business Day
Date 2001-08-31
Web Link www.bday.co.za

 

Richard Young, MD of defence contractor CI Systems, was under intense scrutiny at his appearance at public sessions of the hearing into SA's contentious arms dealt his week.

And it wasn't just the media and myriad legal representatives who were hanging on to his every word. Yunis Shaik, one of four brothers to Chippy Shaik, government's arms procurement head, couldn't contain his irritation after hearing Young testify that irregularities in the tendering process had cost his company a supply contract.

Yunis, who bears an uncanny resemblance to his sibling-bar the goatee-was heard to remark bitterly that Young's main beef with the procurement deal was not that it was corrupt, but that "he didn't get his share".

Actually, in Insider's experience Shaik's perception mirrors the conviction of an increasingly cynical public when it comes to anything associated with the arms deal.

With acknowledgements to Business Day.