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Read Terry Crawford-Browne’s Submission to the New Arms Deal Commission of Inquiry

Eye on the DiamondsTerry Crawford-Browne, author of Eye on the Diamonds, recently submitted a lengthy affidavit to the Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the Arms Deal, in which he calls for the witness list to be expanded to include Thabo Mbeki, Trevor Manuel and Alec Irwin – and raises questions around the circumstances surrounding whistleblower Bheki Jacobs’ death. Politicsweb published Crawford-Browne’s submission in full:

Bheki Jacobs:

6.1 My book Eye On The Diamonds published this year is dedicated to Bheki Jacobs (Hassan Solomon) who led a team of ANC whistleblowers. Jacobs and his team had been trained in the Soviet Union, and had seen what happened in Russia when communist “apparatchiks” became super-capitalists. They insisted that they had gone into exile to fight for the liberation of South Africa, and became whistleblowers after they realised that the struggle had been betrayed.

6.2 Jacobs told me:

the arms deal is just the tip of the iceberg that concerns oil deals, the taxi recapitalisation process, tollroads, drivers’ licences, Cell C, the Coega harbour development, diamond and drug smuggling, weapons trafficking and money laundering. The common denominator is kickbacks to the ANC in return for political protection.

6.3 Jacobs died in September 2008 at the age of 46 of cancer in extremely suspicious circumstances. I respectfully request the Commission to recommend investigations whether the multiple cancers that killed Jacobs were deliberately induced and that his death, therefore, was murder.

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