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Widen arms probe - ID

By unknown | Jan 17, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Waghied Misbach

Waghied Misbach

Fraudster Tony Yengeni, pictured, has served time for taking a discount on a luxury 4X4 car from an arms deal bidder, but the spotlight now falls on others who may have committed similar crimes.

Independent Democrats leader Patricia de Lille said crime fighting agencies should be investigating allegations levelled at other politicians and officials.

De Lille was referring to a list first drawn up in 2001 after arms company European Aeronautic Defence and Space Systems (EADS) admitted they had ensured that a number of South African VIP's received discounts on cars.

EADS was established after the merger of DaimlerChrysler and companies from France and Spain. EADS held a controlling majority in the aircraft maker Airbus.

EADS won a R200 million contract to supply missiles to South Africa.

Among the people identified at the time were former defence force chief Siphiwe Nyanda, who had received a discount on a car bought through EADS, but he was cleared by the Defence Force after a probe.

The Inkatha Freedom Party's Mandla Msomi, then chairman of a portfolio committee on public enterprises, bought two vehicles through EADS and received a discount of 21 percent.

He was subsequently cleared by a parliamentary ethics probe.


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