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Arms Deal Seminar with the ISS at the Book Lounge

ISS GovernanceHere is the invitation to an arms-deal seminar in Cape Town which I will participate in – and which couldn’t have been timelier, given recent developments. If you want to know more about South Africa’s arms deal, please RSVP using the information below.

After Polokwane – Is the end of the arms deal saga in sight?

The allegation of corruption surrounding the multi-billion rand South African arms deal continues almost ten years after the contracts were concluded.

Investigations by State agencies and the media have fingered senior leaders in government and business. The fallout has proven divisive with the ruling party, leading to bruising battles between the institutions of state and fuelling public perceptions of political corruption. Following the ANC Polokwane conference power has shifted in Luthuli House with the ascendancy of Jacob Zuma as President, himself implicated in charges of corruption related to the arms deal.

The ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) has also appointed a committee of senior leaders to produce a detailed and ‘factual report of the arms deal’. Concurrently foreign investigations continue in Germany, Sweden and the UK.

Are South Africans any closer to full and final disclosure of all impropriety in the arms deal? If there is political will to investigate and prosecute aspects of the arms deal, will this be used to settle political scores? What can South Africa learn from the arms deal saga if we are to promote ethics in public life? What are the implications of the arms deal saga for efforts to deal with secrecy and corruption in the global arms trade?

These and other issues will be tackled in discussion and debate organised as part of the Institute for Security StudiesCorruption & Governance Programme.

Event Details

  • Date: Thursday, 13 March 2008
  • Time: 12:00 PM for 2:00 PM
  • Venue: The Book Lounge, The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland St (cnr Buitenkant)
    Cape Town | Map
  • RSVP: Natashia Emmett, Institute for Security Studies, nemmett@issafrica.org, (021) 461 7211
    www.issafrica.org