Sunday, May 31, 2009

Mbeki turned down a billion to help fight crime

By Yamkela Xhaso
31 May

The South African government under then president Thabo Mbeki rejected an offer of one billion rands billion from a leading South African businessman to help fight serious crime.

The same offer, to pour money into helicopters, computers and hi-tech equipment, is to be made to President Jacob Zuma, who has spoken out strongly on the need to fight crime.

The ex offer to Mbeki and now to Zuma comes from one of South Africa's most successful tycoons, Douw Steyn.

He has revealed to a leading newspaper that Mbeki refused his offer, saying South Africa did not have a problem with crime.

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