Status on the Talks that the South African Embassy in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) held with a Company

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QUESTION NO: 642

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO: 16 OF 9 JUNE 2006

Dr P W A Mulder (FF Plus) to ask the Minister of Foreign Affairs:

(1) Whether, in March 2006, the South African Embassy in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) held talks with a certain company (name furnished) regarding the possible use of the company's services at the embassy; if so, (a) what is the nature of the services that the company would possibly deliver to the embassy, (b) who took the decision that the embassy would not make use of the company's services and (c) what was the reason for this decision;

(2) Whether the Embassy at the time of these discussions had information as to the possibility that the company was in the DRC to operate as mercenaries and threaten the government of Joseph Kabila; if so,

(3) Whether the embassy discussed this possibility with the company; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? N797E

REPLY:

1. No. The South African Embassy in the DRC did not hold talks with the Company named.

a) N/A

b) N/A

c) N/A

2. No. There were no discussions held.

3. The Embassy held no discussions with the named Company.




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