Naidoo to testify at Seriti inquiry

2014-06-09 06:37
The commission is investigating allegations of corruption in the controversial multi-billion rand arms deal. (AFP)

The commission is investigating allegations of corruption in the controversial multi-billion rand arms deal. (AFP)

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Johannesburg - Jayendra Naidoo, the government's chief negotiator in the arms deal, will testify at the Seriti Commission of Inquiry in Pretoria on Monday.

Former deputy defence minister Ronnie Kasrils, who testified at the commission on Friday, will continue submitting his evidence on Tuesday.

Kasrils will return on Tuesday, instead of Monday, as the commission had to abide by their prescribed schedule, spokesperson William Baloyi said.

"His testimony took longer than expected and he will continue on Tuesday," Baloyi said.

Kasrils and former defence minister Mosiuoa Lekota will both testify at the commission on Tuesday, as they share legal representation and because it would accommodate the commission's schedule.

Baloyi also said that the commission would start at 08:00 on Tuesday morning, instead of 10:00, in order to accomodate both Kasril's and Lekota's testimony.

President Jacob Zuma appointed the commission in 2011 to investigate alleged corruption in the 1999 multi-billion rand deal.

Government acquired, among other hardware, 26 Gripen fighter aircraft and 24 Hawk lead-in fighter trainer aircraft for the air force, and frigates and submarines for the navy.
- SAPA
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