Arms deal commission: What to expect this week

2013-08-26 08:22

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The second week of the arms deal commission may see some of the testimony being heard behind closed doors.

This comes after evidence leader Advocate Simmy Leballa told the commission that some of the testimony by Rear Admiral Philip Schoultz, who is still on the witness stand under oath, was confidential and should be heard in-camera.

City Press also understands that the SA Air Force (SAAF), which will be questioned next, will testify on confidential information, which may result in a public blackout.

Next on the witness stand will be:

» Admiral Derek Christian: He will present visuals of the equipment the navy had prior to the arms deal and demonstrate the capabilities of the old and new equipment.

» Major-General Gerald Malinga, the deputy chief of the SAAF, will deal with when the old equipment was phased out and the countries from which the new equipment was purchased.

» Brigadier-General William Bayne, the SAAF director of combat systems, will focus on the decision by Cabinet to conclude the aircraft-systems procurement contracts. He will also testify on how these systems are used and the accidents that have occurred in respect of these aircraft.

» Brigadier-General Pieter Burger, the SAAF director of helicopter systems, will testify on the accidents involving helicopters that have occurred since the helicopters’ delivery and the current status of the helicopters.

» Colonel Frank Viljoen, the SAAF project officer for the Agusta helicopter project, will deal with the acquisition process of the Agusta helicopters and the companies that tendered to supply helicopters to South Africa.

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