When arms deals, politics and death collide, is it really an ...

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When arms deals, politics and death collide, is it really an accident?

Consider these three stories about the ‘accidental’ demise of people who wouldn’t keep their mouths shut

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Here are three stories that were reported in the news.

In 2007, a former spy named Mhleli Madaka wrote a report for an international risk consultancy in which he claimed that Thabo Mbeki had been paid R30m, possibly in cash, by MAN Ferrostaal. MAN Ferrostaal headed the German Submarine Consortium that eventually won the bid to supply submarines to SA in the R30bn arms deal.

Less than a month after this report was leaked, Madaka was killed when his car left the N1 at high speed right next to the MAN Ferrostaal Truck and Bus yard near Brakpan...

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