Crawford-Browne's Presentations ‘Ludicrous’: ANC

BY TAI CHISHAKWE - OCTOBER 10, 2014

The African National Congress (ANC) on Friday said it finds the statements being made by arm’s deal critic Terry Crawford-Browne before the Seriti Commission “laughable and incredulous”.

“During the course of this week, Crawford-Browne has demonstrated before the nation at large that he is a pathological liar who is a liability to himself and any shred of credibility he may still have,” the ANC said in a statement.

“Having won his long-waged battle to provide evidence of his claims of massive corruption in the procurement of the strategic defence package; he clearly has nothing to present to the Commission to back up the claims and has instead resorted to tarnishing the good names of leadership of the ANC and its Alliance Partners.”

It said this was not Crawford-Browne’s first to attempt to besmirch the ANC and its leadership with ludicrous accusations with the intention to divide our organisation and tarnish its image.

“He too shall be a monumental failure as he has nothing to offer expect for old wives' tales that have no place in the important work being done by the Seriti Commission to uncover the credible truth about the so-called Arms Deal,” the party said.

This week Crawford-Browne claimed that the now-called arms deal happened long before the 1994 transition from apartheid to democracy.

“The contact between members of the ANC, particularly [former defence minister] Mr [Joe] Modise, [and arms manufacturers] long preceded even the unbanning of the ANC, let alone the actual transition,” he said.

“It was long before the preferred bidders were announced in November 1998. Corruption is always involved in arms deals.”

He also claimed that Modise was poisoned and alleged that when former chief of staff of the ANC’s armed wing - Umkhonto we Sizwe, Chris Hani was assassinated in 1993, he was on the verge of exposing Modise’s involvement in, and corruption relating to, the arms deal.

On Tuesday, he alleged that ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was one of the "concerned MPs" who leaked information on the 1999 arms deal.

The ANC called on South Africans to “close ranks against this attempt to rewrite history, particularly where the leadership being accused is no longer around to speak for itself.”

Photo caption: LAUGHABLE AND INCREDULOUS... The African National Congress (ANC) on Friday said it finds the statements being made by arm’s deal critic Terry Crawford-Browne before the Seriti Commission “laughable and incredulous”.