Johannesburg - Parliament will not be hearing
evidence of how former President Thabo Mbeki and his
Cabinet covered up arms deal corruption and the public
will not be hearing evidence relating to politicians who
pocketed bribes from arms dealers.
The Parliament’s standing committee on public accounts (Scopa)
has written to arms deal whistleblower Dr Richard Young
telling him that he was not wanted at Parliament next
week and would not be giving testimony, despite having
been asked to testify.
The powerful Scopa is due to begin hearings on the arms
deal next week with three days set aside to discuss the
deal and the handover of arms deal corruption
investigations to the Police Priority Crimes Unit – the
Efforts by the opposition to have Scopa revisit the arms
deal ground to a halt in 2008 when the then Scopa
chairman ruled that the deal would only be revisited if
fresh evidence of arms deal corruption emerged.
Since then, Cape Town businessman Dr Richard Young – who
launched a protracted court battle to obtain draft
reports of the arms deal investigation, which he
believed would prove Mbeki ordered a cover-up – has had
his day in court. Only after being threatened with jail
did the Auditor-General hand over thousands of documents
which reveal that Mbeki and his senior Cabinet Ministers
made extensive changes to the Auditor-General’s arms
deal investigation report.
Among other things Mbeki allegedly covered up, are the
huge payments made by arms companies as bribes; he also
hid the fact that the air force did not want the
aircraft which were bought for them and could not afford
to operate the planes anyway.
The documents also show that Mbeki and his most senior
officials lied to Parliament by claiming they had not
ordered the then Auditor- General, Shauket Fakie, to
“whitewash” his investigation into the controversial
Young told The Citizen that he did not feel snubbed by
the move: “I don’t feel offended or hurt or snubbed or
anything. It is, however, clear that all that is
happening is that Scopa are going through the motions to
make it appear they are interested in rooting out the
Sipho Nqwala, the secretary to Scopa, told The Citizen
that he could not comment on who made the decision to
keep Young away from Parliament.
He referred queries to the Scopa chairman Themba Godi.
Repeated attempts to contact Godi failed.
David Maynier, the Democratic Alliance shadow minister
of defence said he was of the “very strong” opinion that
Young should be allowed to testify to Parliament.
With acknowledgements to
Paul Kirk and Business Day.
Snubbed or not?
Rooting out the crooks is good, but I want to start with
rooting out the crooked Auditor-General Shauket Fakie
and Public Protector Selby Baqwa and National Director
of Public Prosecutions Bulelani Ngcuka who covered up
for the crooks.
This crooked report stopped the NPA from doing its job.
The entire face of South Africa would be different if it
were not for this crooked report.
Is SCOPA now going to cover up the cover-up?
Please Sir, let it not happen.
I've dedicated 12 years to this corruption fight and I
must now devote my twilight years to something more
One Yengeni and one Shaik in ten years is hardy
The NPA even allowed Ian Pierce and Mickey Woerfel and
Alan Thetard and Thomson-CSF and Jacob Zuma and Fana
Hlongwane to slip through its clutches.
There was no will - there was no way.
And these were the ones offered on a plate.