Arms inquiry starts

By Drum Digital
19 August 2013

The Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the multi-billion rand arms deal started in Pretoria on Monday morning.

Chairman Judge Willie Seriti explained what would happen during the day's proceedings.

He said evidence leaders would spend the morning outlining the commission's processes and announce the names of the witnesses who would testify in the first week.

The first witness would start testifying on Tuesday.

The commission was postponed on August 5 after it was decided that time was needed to decide how to proceed with declassifying documents relevant to the inquiry.

In a statement the commission said the main reason for the adjournment was the resignation of one of the commissioners, Judge Francis Legodi, and concerns that it might not be properly constituted.

President Jacob Zuma had since decided that the commission would continue with just two commissioners -- Seriti and Free State Judge President Thekiso Musi.

Seriti on Monday made it clear that the commission was properly constituted.

-Sapa

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