ANC mum on arms deal inquiry

2011-09-19 14:14
Johannesburg - ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe declined to reveal on Monday what the party's executive had to say about a commission of inquiry into the arms deal.

"Seeing as [President Jacob] Zuma is the head of the country and that he was the one who asked for the inquiry, it would be more appropriate to engage with him about that," Mantashe said.

Mantashe was briefing reporters at Luthuli House in Johannesburg on the national executive committee meeting of the African National Congress at the weekend.

He said he did not know whether all ANC members were happy about the arms deal investigation.

"It is outside the ANC. I cannot say if members were happy or not."

Zuma announced his decision on Thursday to set up a commission of inquiry into South Africa's controversial multimillion-rand arms deal.

The commission's terms of reference have not been announced and it is not yet known who will preside over it.

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