Publication: Cape Argus Issued: Date: 2003-09-16 Reporter: Sapa

ANC Executive Satisfied with Arms Deal Process



Cape Argus

Date 2003-09-16



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The African National Congress’s national executive committee (NEC) was satisfied that no irregularities took place with the primary contracts in the arms procurement process.

At a meeting over the weekend, the NEC confirmed the earlier findings of three government agencies - the Auditor-General, Director of Public Prosecutions and Public Protector - which conducted an initial investigation.

In a statement yesterday the NEC “expressed confidence in the distinguished manner in which procurement around primary contracts was handled”.

The NEC said : “Matters regarding secondary contracts, which have been a subject of investigation by the Scorpions unit, will continue to be dealt with by the relevant institutions of justice to their logical conclusion, as these have nothing to do with government.”

The government was, however, able to deal decisively with accusations and counter-accusations that were widely reported in the media, said the statement.

“The ANC distances itself from reports carried by the SABC suggesting an ANC investigation into allegations around the Director of Public Prosecutions.

“There is no decision taken by the NEC suggesting any form of investigation of the Director of Public Prosecutions by the ANC.”

The NEC called on government leaders to get actively involved in the registration campaign for next year’s elections and to mobilise people to register, “especially the youth, the majority of whom are first time voters”.

It was satisfied with the existing elections machinery.

The committee also expressed its “concern about recent allegations of racism in rugby”. It, however, endorsed the position taken by the South African Football Union to deal with the matter and fully supported the Springbok team in the upcoming Rugby World Cup.

The NEC also affirmed its support for the 2010 Soccer World Cup bid and wished the Congress of SA Trade Unions success at their congress this week.

It congratulated the new ANC Women’s League national executive committee, led by Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

The next NEC meeting is on November 29 to 30.

With acknowledgements to Sapa and the Cape Argus.