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ConCourt to move arms consent order

2011-11-16 19:35

Johannesburg - Arms activist Terry Crawford-Browne and President Jacob Zuma have agreed on a draft consent order pertaining to the ongoing court battle around the controversial 1999 arms deal.

The Constitutional Court was expected to move the order on Thursday.

It was initially scheduled to hear argument on Thursday in an application brought by Crawford-Browne against the president.

In it he sought an order reviewing and setting aside Zuma's refusal to appoint a commission of inquiry to investigate state contracts for the acquisition of arms.

Zuma announced in September that a commission of inquiry would be set up to look into any wrongdoing in the multi-million arms transaction.

Despite this, Crawford-Browne said he would pursue the legal route as he was unhappy with the commission's terms of reference.

He argued that it was up to the court to establish whether the terms of reference for the commission were sufficient.

Crawford-Browne's attorney has since informed this court that his client and the respondents have finally settled the dispute and have agreed a draft consent order.

Comments
  • Griffen - 2011-11-16 20:30

    Mr C-B, I salute you for your tenacity, Sir.

  • Atholl - 2011-11-16 20:36

    A commission is a powerful weapon against illicit weapons. One term of reference could be for the Commission to report to the Concourt in order to benefit/guide the Concourt into: ... expanding the terms of reference ... making its own recommendations At least then the use of the Inquiry is in 'independent' hands.

  • Herman - 2011-11-16 21:38

    Thank you Mr. Crawford-Browne, you are doing a splendid job.You are setting such a good example in spite of all the opposition you have had. I respect you for that.

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