DA intends to remain mum on source of arms information

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The Democratic Alliance says it will not say where or from whom it received information on alleged “dodgy arms deals”.
The DA, the largest opposition party in the National Assembly, last Sunday made public limited details regarding a number of marketing and contracting permits issued by the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC).
This included permission to display radar warning receivers for submarines at a trade fair in North Korea and the sale of glide bombs to Libya.
DA shadow defence minister David Maynier says the Parliamentary oversight committee on Defence and Military Veterans will reportedly tomorrow consider the allegations “with a view to investigating my conduct and the ANC`s (the ruling African National Congress) allegation that the DA revealed ‘stolen` information we were not authorised to be in possession of.”
Maynier says “the ANC in general and the Chairperson of the oversight committee (Mnyamezeli “Nyami” Booi) in particular are welcome to get out the thumbscrews but the DA will not, under any circumstances, reveal the sources of this information.”
Maynier adds that there are no credible grounds for any investigation. “Despite much angry rhetoric and many counter-accusations from the committee chairperson and NCACC chairman) Minister Jeff Radebe all the information made public, in response to the DA`s allegations, confirms and does not refute what the DA stated.”
The Daily News reports the ANC parliamentary caucus said yesterday it would ask Parliament to investigate Maynier for breaches of the National Conventional Arms Control Act.
“We believe that by unlawfully disclosing to the media classified information pertaining to the business of the NCACC, which includes the current applications for arms by foreign states, Maynier may be liable for criminal (prosecution),” the ANC caucus said.



According to the Act, disclosure of any classified document relating to the business of the NCACC, unless properly authorised, is an offence punishable by a fine and/or a jail sentence of up to 20 years.