Publication: News24 Issued: Date: 2004-03-04 Reporter: Sapa Reporter: Tisha Steyn

DA : Cancel Arms Deal Tranche




Date 2004-03-04


Sapa, Tisha Steyn

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Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance has urged the government to cancel the third tranche of the Hawk-Gripen fighter jet package of the controversial arms deal.

This would save the South African taxpayers R10bn, DA spokesperson on the deal Raenette Taljaard said in a statement on Thursday.

"The DA calls on government to tell the people of South Africa whether it will continue with this march of folly... or whether sanity will prevail," she said.

"The priorities at this point in our history are for the basics - jobs, decent houses, clinics that provide antiretrovirals and a police force that keeps criminals at bay."

Her statement followed the Cape High Court's rejection of a non-governmental organisation's application to have the multi-billion arms deal scrapped.

Taljaard said the court bid by Economists Allied for Arms Reduction was important because it had served to keep the issue of the cost alive.

"While the financing agreements on the arms deal remain intact after today's ruling, the burning issues of cost and corruption that have plagued this deal since its conception must not be forgotten by the South African public."

With acknowledgements to Sapa, Tisha Steyn and News24.