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'Don't let oil scam slide' - DA

By unknown | Nov 16, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Waghied Misbach

Waghied Misbach

Senior ANC leaders should be grilled about their knowledge of illegal oil contracts under former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

This because they allegedly benefited South African business leaders.

This was proposed by DA leader Tony Leon to President Thabo Mbeki yesterday in Mbeki's last question-and- answer session for the year.

Leon urged Mbeki to ensure that senior party officials, including ANC treasurer-general Mendi Msimang, were questioned about their knowledge of the system in which Hussein was given kickbacks in return for oil contracts.

Leon was referring to the Donen Commission investigation launched by the government earlier this year after a UN investigation revealed that a number of global and South African companies had been involved.

The domestic companies included Sandi Majali's Imvume Management, which has recently been embroiled in controversy after it gave R11 million to ANC local government election coffers.

A number of Imvume representatives did not want to testify for fear of incriminating themselves.

Leon argued that this limited the work of the commission and its terms of reference should have been redrafted.

In response, Mbeki said he had received the Donen Commission report and that the government was considering its contents.

Mbeki said he could not rule out the possibility that other people could be questioned.

But the "most sensible" thing to do was to study the report first.

Mbeki assured Leon that if any wrongdoing was revealed the matter would be referred to the necessary law enforcement agencies for further action.


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