Former President Thabo Mbeki and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan have gone to extraordinary lengths to discredit the CIEX report as the illiterate rantings of a retired British spy (Michael Oatley) and bounty-hunter. Let us now also recall the uproar that accompanied release in 1999 by ANC spooks of the “Memorandum to Patricia de Lille MP from ANC MPs,” the so-called “De Lille Dossier” which launched the arms deal saga, investigations and cover-ups.
The spooks informed me then that the arms deal itself was just the tip of the iceberg that extended to oil deals, tollroads, Cell C, Coega, diamond and drugs smuggling, weapons trafficking and money laundering. In short, the arms deal was the first post-apartheid era’s attempt at “state capture.” De Lille and others were subjected to death threats.
The Trust Bank/ABSA lifeboat investigated in episode one of Project Spear was a sideshow compared with the collusion of the SA Reserve Bank (SARB) with the Broederbond and Armscor in siphoning billions out of the country, and was “petty cash” compared with what the Americans and British have poured into their banks since 2008. Episodes two and three promised to be explosive, hence the cover-ups.
Amandla Forums [22/02/2017]
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