Investigation into the Allegations that a Company encouraged the Government to take a favourable position on Iran’s Nuclear Development Programme

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QUESTION NO: 364 (NW451E)

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 4-2012 OF 24 FEBRUARY 2012

Mr D J Maynier (DA) to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation:

Whether she has launched an investigation into the allegations (details furnished) that a certain company (name furnished) allegedly (a) encouraged the Government to take a favourable position on Iran’s nuclear development programme, (b) enlisted the Government’s support for the provision of military equipment to Iran and (c) made improper payments to a government official; if not, why not, in each case; if so, what are the relevant details, in each case?

REPLY:

a) I have not considered it necessary to launch any investigation into the allegations as I am aware that South Africa’s position on Iran’s nuclear programme had not been influenced by any company.

b) No

c) I am furthermore not aware of any improper payments that had been made to any Government official and suggest that any evidence to the contrary be submitted to the relevant law enforcement agencies for further investigation.


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