AFTER four years, and many man hours, not to speak of millions to the staff preparing the report on the country’s arms procurement, the conclusion is one which is no surprise — a complete exoneration of those involved in the deals — and a much anticipated report that would eventually clear the president’s men comes to an end.
Well prepared, it was surely going to put paid to all the rumour-mongering about the state’s impropriety when the arms were purchased, the commission conclusion was a sorry state of affairs aiding and abetting the many who benefited from the lucrative contracts.
South Africa, now in a total non-warring situation, did not need those armaments. The money spent there could have been channelled to better usage.
What better way to divert state resources in a “legitimate” deal, as well as enjoying massive kickbacks from the arms suppliers.