German prosecutors believe Tony Georgiadis, the shipping tycoon regarded as close to President Thabo Mbeki, helped channel millions of dollars in arms deal bribes to ''South African officials and Cabinet members''. The allegation is contained in a request for legal assistance.
It wasn't just defence minister Joe Modise who, after being wined and dined by British Aerospace in the early Nineties, pushed through a deal for Hawk jets that South Africa could ill afford. In this endeavour he was supported by two white South Africans, Ron Haywood and Llew Swan. How these three got together is still not entirely clear.
Explosive new allegations of dirty money and influence-buying at the heart of South Africa's multibillion-rand arms deal have emerged from a British investigation of BAE Systems, the defence conglomerate that secured a R30-billion South African order for Hawk jet trainers and Gripen fighters. The United Kingdom's Serious Fraud Office has asked for legal assistance from South African authorities.
With just over a week to go to the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) first democratic vote since independence, fears of possible chaos have increased after four people were killed last week at an election rally in the country's Nord Kivu province. It follows another incident where seven people were killed at another opposition rally, also in the north-east of the country earlier in the week.