Arms inquiry adjourned until 2014

2013-11-25 20:49
(Picture: AFP)

(Picture: AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - The Seriti Commission of Inquiry has been adjourned until January next year, the commission said on Monday.

"The chairperson, Judge [Willie] Seriti, adjourned the hearings after the evidence leaders indicated that consultations with witnesses are still ongoing and the next witness from Armscor will be ready and available in the new year," spokesperson William Baloyi said in a statement.

The commission would issue a revised schedule of witnesses within 10 days.

The commission is investigating allegations of corruption in South Africa's multi-billion rand arms deal.

Former president Thabo Mbeki and Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel were set to testify in the second half of January.

The first phase of the commission was dealing with the rationale for the Strategic Defence Procurement Package, and whether the arms and equipment acquired were under-utilised or not utilised at all.

The first witnesses were navy and air force officials and Armscor witnesses. These had been the only witnesses to date.

In July, the commission said former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils and Cope president Mosiuoa Lekota would be called as witnesses between 30 September and 4 October, followed by department of trade and industry officials until 11 November.

Former public enterprises minister Alec Erwin was also expected to testify for three days in November.


The commission, which started in August, has had a number of delays. Earlier this month, the commission was adjourned following a request by Lawyers for Human Rights.

The organisation wanted time to study documents for the cross-examination of Armscor manager Johan Odendaal.

In October, there were delays because of a power cut, and to allow for the declassification of certain documents.

The commission was again postponed after a request from legal representatives of some of the witnesses, namely Paul Holden, Andrew Feinstein, and Hennie van Vuuren, to prepare to cross-examine witnesses from Armscor.

In September, the commission was postponed because of burst water pipes at the Sammy Marks Conference Centre in Pretoria.

That month it was again postponed for two days because Seriti had fallen ill, and then postponed for a week to allow for further investigations and consultations.

Read more on:    cope  |  armscor  |  willie seriti  |  ronnie kasrils  |  mosioua le­kota  |  trevor manuel  |  thabo mbeki  |  alec erwin  |  arms deal

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.