The DA has accused minister in the presidency, Essop Pahad, left, of not giving "an honest answer" to a parliamentary question.
The question was whether the presidency had commissioned a R1million corporate sponsorship for Ronald Suresh Roberts to write a book about President Thabo Mbeki.
In a written reply, in November 2004, Pahad said it had not.
Yesterday the DA's Gareth Morgan said documents lodged with the Cape high court, as part of Roberts' recent defamation case against Johncom Media, confirmed the presidency had in fact commissioned such a sponsorship for Roberts to write a book about Mbeki.
"The minister in the presidency appears not to have provided an honest answer to a parliamentary question. He seems to have misled Parliament and deliberately omitted information and details contrary to the answer he provided," Morgan said. - Sapa