Athandiwe Saba

Terry Craw­ford-Browne’s 15-year bat­tle fi­nally came to a head at the Arms Pro­cure­ment Com­mis­sion. The lawyers rep­re­sent­ing the par­ties he im­pli­cated dis­cred­ited most of the al­le­ga­tions he has bandied about for more than a decade. He was branded dis­hon­est

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Craw­ford-Browne said the death of Hani should have been in­ves­ti­gated on the ba­sis of his al­le­ga­tions. “There was bad blood be­tween Mr Modise and Mr Hani,” he said. He added he also knew that when for­mer pres­i­dent Thabo Mbeki at­tended com­mu­nist party meet­ings, the mem­bers would sing “Mbeki, tell us who killed Chris Hani”.


Six weeks be­fore Modise died, Craw­fordBrowne said he was ap­proached by ANC in­tel­li­gence oper­a­tive Bheki Ja­cobs, who told him Modise was be­ing poi­soned and his death would be as­cribed to can­cer. At the time, the Joint In­ter­Min­is­te­rial Re­port was be­ing de­layed so that “dead men [Modise] could tell no tales”.


PROOF: Depart­ment of trade and in­dus­try doc­u­ments and de­fence re­view doc­u­ments


His ev­i­dence is the word of Ja­cobs, who died in a car crash in 2008. He con­firmed that no one spe­cific made the al­le­ga­tions.


Craw­ford-Browne said the depart­ment of trade and in­dus­try had ad­mit­ted the off­set pro­gramme was a dis­as­ter. He said min­is­ter Alec Er­win said “he and his Cab­i­net col­leagues were both crim­i­nal and stupid”. Craw­ford-Browne claimed the off­sets were just a ploy to en­sure that the arms were pur­chased. “We dressed it up that the more we paid, the more we would get in off­sets. We didn’t get the off­set prom­ises,” Craw­ford-Browne said.

But when Craw­ford-Browne was pushed by the depart­ment of trade and in­dus­try, he stated that maybe the depart­ment was not in­volved in the al­leged cor­rup­tion sur­round­ing the deal.

“Sadly, they were the sub­ject of a mas­sive con­fi­dence trick. The depart­ment of trade and in­dus­try fell for that. It was naive and swal­lowed the idea of off­sets.”

PROOF: Fer­rostaal re­port

AL­LEGED BRIBES Craw­ford-Browne al­leged that Mbeki, among oth­ers, was paid R30 mil­lion in bribes, of which R2 mil­lion was handed to his then deputy Ja­cob Zuma. The rest went to the ANC. He al­leged the Bri­tish sec­re­tary of trade and in­dus­try in June 2003 ad­mit­ted that BAE, which re­ceived a chunk of the deal, had paid bribes to se­cure its con­tracts with South Africa.

His proof was a re­port by US-based law firm De­bevoise & Plimp­ton into al­le­ga­tions sur­round­ing Fer­rostaal arms deal­ings.

This re­port states Fer­rostaal had paid in­di­vid­u­als about $40 mil­lion to in­flu­ence politi­cians.

Judge Wil­lie Ser­iti found that this re­port was inad­mis­si­ble and could not be sub­mit­ted as ev­i­dence be­cause Fer­rostaal had not given per­mis­sion to use it.

When Craw­ford-Browne was asked about his ac­cu­sa­tions against BAE, he said there were 160 pages of af­fi­va­dits de­tail­ing why and how BAE paid

115 mil­lion in bribes in con­nec­tion with South Africa.

PA­TRI­CIA DE LILLE DOSSIER Craw­ford-Browne tes­ti­fied that the dossier was com­piled in 1999 by, among oth­ers, ANC MPs who were op­posed to the arms deal.

This team was al­legedly led by for­mer MP Win­nie Madik­izela-Man­dela.

The other half of the dossier was com­piled by Ja­cobs.

The dossier was meant to be used as the ba­sis of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the deal.



His source for this in­for­ma­tion was al­legedly Pa­tri­cia de Lille, who later “dis­tanced” her­self from the state­ment.

He, in turn, stated that the dossier was bizarre from the on­set and he was not wor­ried that De Lille had de­nied in­form­ing him of Madik­ize­laMan­dela’s in­volve­ment.

He said that he had other sources who told him this as well – but they were now dead.

Arms deal critic and au­thor Hen­nie van Vu­uren has been or­dered to take the stand on Oc­to­ber 20. AT ARM’S LENGTH Anti-arms deal cam­paigner Terry Craw­fordBrowne (right) re­acts dur­ing tes­ti­mony at the Ser­iti Com­mis­sion of In­quiry ear­lier this year


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