Presidency confirms judge’s resignation from arms deal probe

2013-08-01 13:14

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President Jacob Zuma has confirmed the resignation of Judge Francis Legodi from the commission probing the multibillion-rand arms deal.

“The President has received the resignation of Judge Legodi with deep regret and after consulting with him as to the reasons for his resignation has decided to accede to the judge’s request,” presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement today.

“Judge Legodi has tendered his resignation for personal reasons and has requested that such reasons remain confidential,” he said.

Legodi and Judge Hendrick Musi were appointed to assist commission chair Judge Willie Seriti to probe allegations of fraud and corruption related to the strategic defence procurement package.

“The president is satisfied that the resignation of Judge Legodi does not impact negatively on the integrity of the commission nor any of its functions, albeit that the timing poses certain challenges,” Maharaj said.

Zuma appointed the commission of inquiry under Judge Willie Seriti in 2011.

The commission’s public hearings are scheduled to start on Monday.

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