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.
CU PAN of South African Associated Newspapers Building in Johannesburg PAN TO newspaper posters on sidewalks
CU People reading evening newspaper The Star
SV PAN Newspaper posters on streets and people reading (2 shots)
SV PAN Black Affairs Minister Connie Mulder before entering meeting
SV PAN South African President John Vorster entering building (SILENT) (2 shots)
Vorster and wife standing on steps
Prime Minister Pieter Botha speaking at press conference
SV and CU of Botha seated at press conference with Minister of Finance Owen Horwood (2 shots)
SV Botha speaking
BOTHA: "I was aware that money was provided by (indistinct) parliament for the purposes of the Information Department, but no funds voted for defence purposes were allotted to the Department of Information."
BOTHA: "As far as I am concerned, I can't judge as a reasonable man on witnesses evidence, without that evidence being weighed and without the other side given an opportunity to put their case."
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Background: 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.