Arms procurement meeting postponed

MPs, Defence Department officials and Armscor were expected to take part in the private meeting.

MPs, Defence Department officials and Armscor were expected to take part in the private meeting. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - It appears a closed meeting to discuss defence procurement has suddenly been postponed.

Members of Parliament (MPs), Defence Department officials and Armscor were expected to take part in the meeting.

Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Defence was expected to be briefed in Pretoria next week.

The committee's programme said it was a closed meeting because of the sensitive nature of the information to be presented.

Democratic Alliance MP David Maynier had written to the committee chairperson asking him to explain why the meeting was going to be held in private.

But Maynier received a notice that the meeting was cancelled.

"I now need to determine why the meeting was postponed. It is absolutely imperative that the portfolio on defence and military veterans receive a detailed briefing on defence acquisition."

The meeting has been strongly criticised for being secret.

Arms deal author Paul Holden says transparency is important.

"I was astonished when I first heard the briefings would be in secret. I just can't think of any legitimate reason why that would happen."