'SA NEEDS Arms Probe, Scorpions'

Cape Times (South Africa), February 2, 2009 | Go to article overview

'SA NEEDS Arms Probe, Scorpions'


BYLINE: AZIZ HARTLEY

THE Independent Democrats would boost police numbers to 200 000, recruit 5 000 social workers to help heal crime-ridden communities, position the country as a leader in renewable energy, and introduce a minimum social grant funded by taxing luxury goods, tobacco and alcohol.

Unveiling the party's election manifesto at the Cape Town International Convention Centre yesterday, leader Patricia de Lille said the ID would establish a judicial commission of inquiry into the arms deal and break monopolies that stifled economic growth.

The grant would offer relief to millions of poverty-stricken people and stimulate economic growth, De Lille said.

The party would not tolerate corruption and bribery and would fight crime using a 12-point plan.

The plan included tighter bail conditions, the reintroduction of night courts, and more funding for policing forums.

Also, South Africans were urged to sign a pledge that included an undertaking not to buy stolen goods.

"We need a public sector and public servants that are free of corruption and mismanagement," De Lille said.

"An ID government would fire a minister whose department received a qualified audit two years in a row."

The party would revive the Scorpions, De Lille said - bringing the crowd of about 1 000 supporters to their feet. …

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