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Title:One report of the Joint Investigating Team on the Strategic Defence Procurement Packages, too many!
Author:Obiyo, RobertISNI
Periodical:Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:defence policy
public expenditure
commissions of inquiry
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02589340601127660
Abstract:For nearly a decade now, the South African government's multibillion Rand expenditure on the Strategic Defence Packages (SDP) - the 'Arms Deal' - and its spin-offs continue to make headlines in the media in South Africa and spark intense debate in Parliament. This has ensured that the Arms Deal remains in the public consciousness. This article is an analysis of both the SDP process and the Joint Investigating Team (JIT) Report on it. The article examines the formation of the JIT, paying particular attention to the exclusion of the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) and the interventions of the Speaker of Parliament, the Honourable Frene Ginwala. It identifies in close detail the principal flaws in the SDP process as well as the inconsistencies and gaps in the JIT Report itself. Specifically, the article is concerned with whether the SDP process was transparent and conformed to acceptable protocols and standards of procurement; and whether the probe of the SDP process by JIT has met Parliament's and the South African public's expectation apropos of the serious allegations raised in both the Auditor-General's Special Review and Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts' (SCOPA) Fourteenth Report of the year 2000 on the SDP which the JIT was commissioned to investigate. Clearly the flaws in the SDP process question the integrity of the Arms Deal. The contradictions and lacunae in the JIT Report itself, together with its acceptance by Parliament and the government, render the JIT Report suspect. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]