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(From Business Day (South Africa))
Byline: Terry Crawford-Browne
Zuma is small fry in arms scandal Media reports in 1995 confirmed that then deputy president Thabo Mbeki had intervened inappropriately to swing the corvette contracts to Germany. Instead of spending R1,7bn on four Spanish corvettes, SA was committed to four German frigates costing more than R6,5bn but equipped with obsolete 1970s French technology, plus three German submarines.
A former German ambassador to SA was my house guest in March 1996, and confirmed that the German government was determined at all costs to win the warship contracts. The Helmut Kohl scandal in Germany finally …