The stalemate in the Armsgate saga, starring SA’s ex-president Thabo Mbeki and featuring bribes for arms, will only be broken from outside South Africa. That’s been my gut feel for a while. A report in today’s Financial Times Deutschland (FTD) raised my hopes in this regard. [Read on]
The MAN bribe debacle (see below) made it onto the cover of Financial Times Deutschland (FTD) as the lead story today and the issue is bigger than thought until now.
Thankfully, South Africa hasn’t been mentioned to date. Let’s hope it stays that way. [Read on]
Oops, suddenly it looks as if the arms bribe allegations might be back to haunt Jacob Zuma, SA’s teflon-president. [Read on]
If anyone in South Africa was still pursuing the alleged under-the-table payment of R30 million by German firm MAN Ferrostaal to Thabo Mbeki and the ANC, then he/she will now have to take a plane to Abu Dhabi, instead of Germany. [Read on]
On 26/8/2008 the German DAX company MAN Ferrostaal published a comprehensive denial on its website of the claim made by The Sunday Times (on 10/8/2008) that MAN Ferrostaal had paid R30 million under the table to ex-president Thabo Mbeki in exchange for an arms contract.
And repeated its request that the newspaper publish a correction of the report containing the allegations – or face legal action. [Read on]
First published on my old blog on 12/8/2008.
Roughly nine days have elapsed since a South African newspaper published its first claims of bribery involving the SA president Thabo Mbeki and the German company MAN Ferrostaal on 3 August. [Read on]