Closed Parliament meeting for weapons procurement plans

The DA’s David Maynier has questioned the decision to hold a new weapons procurement meeting in secret.

The DA’s David Maynier has questioned the decision to hold a new weapons procurement meeting in secret. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - A member of Parliament's Defence portfolio committee says he is waiting to hear from the chairperson why a closed meeting has been scheduled to discuss new weapons procurement plans.

The portfolio committee will be briefed by the Defence Department and Armscor officials next week in Pretoria.

The committee's programme says the meeting will be held behind closed doors due to the sensitive nature of the information to be presented. But it is unclear exactly who requested that the talks be held in private.

Democratic Alliance (DA) MP and committee member David Maynier is demanding answers.

"We remain strongly opposed to any closed meeting on defence acquisition."

Meanwhile, defence analyst Helmoed Heitman says there's no need for total secrecy.

"You just don't give some of the technical details of the equipment."