The IFP today asked the Auditor-General to
conduct an investigation into allegations that Petro SA gave a
black economic empowerment company, Imvume, R15 million in
December 2003 to supply it with oil, of which Imvume secretly
forwarded about R11 million to the ANC before last year's
Last Friday, the Mail & Guardian was
interdicted by Imvume from publishing further allegations.
Similarly, the DA's attempts to call state oil company Petro SA
before the respective parliamentary committee were thwarted by
the committee's ANC chairperson.
Mr Peter Smith MP in a letter to the
Auditor-General, in terms of section 5(1) (d) of the Public
Audit Act no 25 of 2004, requested that the Auditor-General's
office carry out an appropriate investigation of the payment by
Petro SA to Imvume, which was then apparently donated to the
ANC. Smith added that he believed that such an
investigation would be in the public interest.
Smith also said:
"The IFP deplores the ruling party's
blatant attempt to cover up an uncomfortable story."
"Similarly, the IFP raises eyebrows
at the apparent overriding of freedom of expression, in this
case championed by the Mail & Guardian newspaper, by the
individual rights, as exercised by the Imvume company. "
Peter Smith MP