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The Arms Deal Report that Wasn’t

The website Ever-Faster News has published a review of After the Party by Paul Trewhela which may be of interest: click here to read it.

Meanwhile, here’s a piece I wrote recently for Independent Newspapers on the ANC’s decision to open a new, internal investigation into the Arms Deal, years after the original report, described in my book, was neutered:

The ANC’s decision this week to appoint a committee to look into the arms deal reflects the extent to which the deal continues to haunt South African politics.

The creation of this committee to compile a report to better inform the ANC leadership about the deal lays to rest the notion that there was a comprehensive investigation into the deal, as the government and ANC have claimed for years.

For if there had been an unfettered investigation, the ANC could simply refer to the investigator’s report.

So implicitly the ANC has accepted that the investigation was neutered, that its report was edited to the point of mendacity and that the real story has yet to emerge.