No evidence of corruption found in arms deal - commission - As it happened

2016-04-21 09:50

President Jacob Zuma has announced that the arms deal commission of inquiry has found no evidence of wrongdoing in the deal.

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21 Apr 11:27

And just after Zuma's "the arms deal was all above board" announcement, his bodyguards threatened News24 reporter Jenni Evans.

Evans said one of the guards physically tried to block her from taking a photo of Zuma's motorcade and threatened to arrest her. "I said be my guest but read your standing orders before you do so," Evans said.

Another guard told her if she "had any respect you won't take this photo".

Evans was also told that she was a risk and "I will take you away from here. Do you want me to take you away from here?"

As this was happening, Evans said members of Zuma's motorcade shouted to their colleagues that they should take her phone.

The photo below is of the guard trying to block our reporter from taking the photo.


21 Apr 11:18
Zuma's motorcade outside Parliament as photographed by our reporter Jenni Evans. They sure do like their BMWs.

21 Apr 11:02

21 Apr 11:02
Four years. R110 million spent. The commission has found that the arms deal was, essentially, all above board.

21 Apr 11:01
Zuma thanks the evidence leaders and all those on the commission team.

21 Apr 11:00

Govt was of the view that any findings of wrongdoing should be given to law enforcement agencies for investigation. No such finding was made.

So again, that is that. It's all good. Really.


21 Apr 10:59
Zuma says the report shows the deal created 11,000 jobs. Maybe more.

21 Apr 10:58
Swedish authorities found R24million paid to Fana Hlongwane, advisor to Defense Minister Joe Modise. But the Seriti inquiry found no wrongdoing.

21 Apr 10:56
Zuma says members of the inter-ministerial committee that oversaw the process refuted allegations that they may have been bribed.

21 Apr 10:55
Zuma: Commission finds not one iota of evidence that money paid to "consultants" ever made its way to government officials.

21 Apr 10:53
Zuma says the commission found no improper influence in the contracting for the procurement of the equipment.

21 Apr 10:53
Allegations of corruption and fraud found no supporting evidence in what was put before the commission.

21 Apr 10:51
Adequate measures in place to ensure that those who have not met obligations do so in the immediate future - Zuma

21 Apr 10:50
Zuma says the commission also found that job creation did materialise.

21 Apr 10:50
So essentially, that's that.

21 Apr 10:49
Commission found that all arms acquired are "well utilised".

21 Apr 10:47

The commission concluded its inquiry in four full years, exceeding the two years to do its work, says President Zuma.

Key witnesses included former president Thabo Mbeki and ministers in his Cabinet.


21 Apr 10:45
Zuma: considered the rationale - why the country needed it, whether arms were under utilised and whether job opportunities materialised.

21 Apr 10:43
Zuma says the final report consists of 3 volumes was handed to him in December 2015. Will be released to the public.

21 Apr 10:43
Zuma: On October 24 2011, I appointed a commission of inquiry into allegations of fraud and corruption.

21 Apr 10:42
Zuma says a court ordered the President to constitute a commission to inquire into allegations of wrongdoing.

21 Apr 10:41
Zuma starts with the background. Why the commission was formed.

21 Apr 10:39
Zuma starts speaking.

21 Apr 10:36

21 Apr 10:25

The arms deal saga has been plaguing our democracy for a very long time and started in 1999 when Patricia de Lille, now DA mayor of Cape Town but then a Pan Africanist Congress MP, told Parliament the multi-billion rand arms deal could be suspect.

Then in November 2002, the Mail & Guardian reported that Jacob Zuma was being investigated (Zuma was not president yet).

A year later, former National Director of Public Prosecutions Bulelani Ngcuka says there is a prima facie case against Zuma, but it can't be won.

Two years later, then president Thabo Mbeki "released" Zuma from his position as deputy president after Zuma's Schabir Shaik, was found guilty on two counts of fraud and one of corruption.

What happened next?


21 Apr 10:25

The arms deal saga has been plaguing our democracy for a very long time and started in 1999 when Patricia de Lille, now DA mayor of Cape Town but then a Pan Africanist Congress MP, told Parliament the multi-billion rand arms deal could be suspect.

Then in November 2002, the Mail & Guardian reported that Jacob Zuma was being investigated (Zuma was not president yet).

A year later, former National Director of Public Prosecutions Bulelani Ngcuka says there is a prima facie case against Zuma, but it can't be won.

Two years later, then president Thabo Mbeki "released" Zuma from his position as deputy president after Zuma's Schabir Shaik, was found guilty on two counts of fraud and one of corruption.

What happened next?


21 Apr 10:09
The presidency has released its statement confirming Zuma's address.

21 Apr 10:01
The president's jet at Cape Town International Airport earlier this morning.

21 Apr 09:50

Almost four months after receiving the final report, President Jacob Zuma will announce at 10:30 the findings of the commission of inquiry into the arms deal.

"The commission completed its public hearings and other processes in June 2015 and commenced with the report writing phase which was completed in December 2015 as per the terms of reference of the commission, thus submitting the report to the President a day before the deadline.

"President Zuma expressed his gratitude to Judge Seriti and all members of the commission for the work done that ensured the successful conclusion of the work of the commission," a statement from the presidency in December last year read.

Zuma appointed the commission in September 2011, after the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town was asked in 2009 to appoint an independent judicial inquiry into alleged corruption related to the arms deal.

The commission began its hearings in August 2013.

The arms deal saw government acquiring, among other items, 26 Gripen fighter aircraft, 24 Hawk lead-in fighter trainer aircraft for the SA Air Force and frigates and submarines for the SA Navy.

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