The document is on Armscor headed paper, and is dated the 17 August. It reads: “Several tomatoes have been recently located in Centre B.
“Due to the security risks involved, policy dictates a change in administrative procedure regarding IC (Chile) and the MOD, UK, correspondence.”
“No reference in overseas correspondence is to be made regarding the MoD and IC end-user certificates with regard to Project Thunderbolt (or 144IR).
The certificates are vital to allow LEW supply of delivery systems, and any breach of security in this matter will be dealt with at levl Sunray.
“This change in admin. proc. will remain in force until further notice. All dept. heads to acknowledge this memo on receipt.”
According to Maritz, Project Thunderbolt was a programme to manufacture a nuclear missile of which Iraq was a customer.
He says the letters IR in the memo refer to Iraq.
IC (Chile) may be a reference to Industrias Cardoen, the billion-dollar Chilean arms manufacturer and LEW is Littleton Engineering Works.
He says “level Sunray” was the highest grade of security at the plant.
Maritz’s work for South African security came to an abrupt halt in 1990 when he was arrested and charged with planting bombs on behalf of extreme right groups. One bomb killed a white activist and injured 15 blacks. He went on hunger strike in Pretoria Central maximum security prison but, on the intervention of President De merk, he was released after 57 days without food.
After recovering his health, he skipped bail and arrived in Britain in October 1991.
He went straight to The Sunday Times which published an article about his claims to have worked for Armscor and South Africa’s Civil Cooperation Bureau – a sinister secret Government organisation.
Stevenson took up Maritz’s case when the South African visited his constituency surgery to complain he had not been granted permission to live in Britain.
The MP then became interested in Maritz’s allegations about secret arms deals and took these up with the MoD.