Publication: The Star
Reporter: Zelda Venter
Details of Arms Deal Remain Under Wraps
The Pretoria High Court has reserved judgment in an application by Defence
Minister Mosiuoa Lekota for leave to appeal against a ruling in which he was
ordered to hand certain documents to Richard Young, one of the losing bidders in
the arms deal.
In April last year, Judge Brian
Southwood ordered that certain documents and records pertaining to the arms deal
had to be given to Young within two months.
This followed an application
by Young, whose company CCII Systems lost out on a contract to supply combat
technology for the South African Navy's corvettes.
manufactures software and computer systems for the defence
Young last year based his application on the Promotion of
Access to Information Act, and asked the court to force Lekota to provide him
with records regarding the sub-systems to be installed on the
Lekota argued that the government was, in terms of the act,
entitled to refuse to hand over certain information because it was
Judge Southwood, however, found last year that Lekota had
failed to prove that the confidentiality clauses were
applicable in this case.
Lekota on Tuesday asked the court for
leave to appeal against this ruling.
The judge did
not indicate *1 when he would give his judgment pertaining to the leave
With acknowledgements to Zelda Venter and The
*1 He did indeed - Thursday or
Friday this week.
Watch this space.