South African Prime Minister, Pieter Botha, has announced a judicial inquiry into disclosures of official corruption and the misappropriation of large amounts of public money.
South African Prime Minister, Pieter Botha, has announced a judicial inquiry into disclosures of official corruption and the misappropriation of large amounts of public money. The inquiry will be held over the next five weeks, and the country's Parliament will be specially recalled to hear the verdict. The disclosures came on Thursday (2 November) when a Supreme Court judge, Mr. Justice Mostert, summoned a press conference. The judge released evidence stating that about 16 million U.S. dollars of public money had been used to start up a pro-Government daily newspaper, called The Citizen.
SYNOPSIS: The disclosures made headlines in Johannesburg's other daily newspapers who, for more than two years, have been involved in circulation battles with the pro-Government Citizen. Evidence revealed by the judge indicated that large amounts of money had been misused by senior officials of the now defunct Department of Information, then headed by present Black Affairs Minister Connie Mulder.
South Africa's President John Vorster was reportedly shocked when he learned of the disclosures. Prime Minister, Pieter Botha, called a press conference, and he denied allegations that the ministry of defence had provided the funds.
The recently elected Prime Minister also promised a full investigation.