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SA 'needs closure' on arms deal

2011-09-16 10:02

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma decided he owed it to the public to re-open the investigation into the arms deal, his spokesperson said on Friday.

"What he [Zuma] has concluded, is there is a need for closure in the public interest. This matter needs to be dealt with and exposed of properly," presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj told SABC radio.

He denied that the presidency had been under pressure to re-open the investigation because the matter was expected to be debated in the Constitutional Court in November.

"The president thought it's time we had proper closure on this matter and he said: 'Well, the best way then, is, let's have a proper commission of inquiry as mandated by the Constitution."

ANC leadership battle

Several media quoted political analysts on Friday morning as saying the decision could be related to the leadership battle within the African National Congress.

The Star quoted Aubrey Matshiqi as saying it was a strategy aimed at pre-empting his political rivals from using the arms deal to question his leadership ahead of the ANC's elective conference next year.

Maharaj said Justice Minister Jeff Radebe was working on the matter and the terms of reference and time frame would be made public soon.

In 2009, legal proceedings were instituted in the Western Cape High Court asking the court to direct the president to appoint an independent judicial commission of inquiry into allegations of wrongdoing, or to require him to reconsider his refusal to do so.

It later transpired that the Western Cape High Court was the wrong forum to hear the matter. An application was then brought in the Constitutional Court. The matter was set down for hearing on November 17.

Zuma's office announced the re-opening of the investigation on Thursday afternoon.

Comments
  • cat8fish - 2011-09-16 10:06

    what? but i thought Zuma was involved in the arms deal

      will294 - 2011-09-16 10:14

      Yes - he is involved in the arms deal - but he now has the judiciary lined up in his favour.

      scipio - 2011-09-16 10:21

      shower head is slippery as a box of eels. bloody fraud!

      Felix - 2011-09-16 10:23

      They've already cleaned house.

      Servaas - 2011-09-16 10:32

      Moron: Da.. Future less?? Like the majority of ANC supporters still stuck in a struggle and a shack.. Wow. your name says it all.

      daaivark - 2011-09-16 10:35

      No never, wasn't him. It's all misunderstood. Definitely not anyone affiliated to the ANC.

      Dick-Head - 2011-09-16 10:40

      O we will get a closure now soon. Not one send was pocketed and taken to buy luxury cars and home's every penny was spend on buying weapons. Bla bla bla and that is how a President does corruption and defends the end of justice, if he know he is guilty he get rid of evidence & task forces (scorpions), implement his own team ans "Bobs your Uncle" JZ is innocent! Corruption in SA hey this Government has got it all figured out. Know it all, stole it all, corrupt it all, fraud it all, disappearing Documents, dockets disappearing or even burning, Eish we got to LOVE SA Crime & Corruption Capital of the World!!!!!1

      Kenno - 2011-09-16 10:54

      @moron... you have the most apt name on this forum!! Typical though, when your fraudulent government has investigations into its corruption, you start pointing fingures at the DA!!! You are a pathetic fool!

      cliffarc - 2011-09-16 10:58

      - The only true "closure" in this matter, will be the charging and conviction of all those involved. And to achieve that , it has to be an INDEPENDENT investigation, free of any Anc involvement, interference or machinations. Based on the Anc's 17 year track record of dealing with corruption , I'd say the chances of that happening are next to zero. A full, independent and telling investigation would implicate the entire top echelon of Anc members, possibly even leading to the disintergration of the party. And we all know the Anc are'nt about to let that happen.

      TheWasp - 2011-09-16 11:08

      So he's sending himself to Jail? Very clever Mr Showerhead, you really are a piece of work! Right now you must be panicking and busy bribing to make sure your name doesn't come up......what a joke!!!

      Dick-Head - 2011-09-16 11:17

      Why don't they just make Shabir Sheik head of the task investigate team? Then the deal will get closure soon because he can do corruption and fake illnesses???

      (YNPL) Youth in need of a proper leader - 2011-09-16 11:17

      I say screw the arms deal, nail the bastards for the present fraudulent stunts. I think there should be enough there.

  • Darwinian - 2011-09-16 10:06

    This is like eating all the cookies in the jar, then you appoint a team to search for the crumbs on your face.....

      WHITE MAN - 2011-09-16 10:12

      LOL!!! Well said!

      leondlg - 2011-09-16 10:21

      After you had a shower...

  • DEVILS SON - 2011-09-16 10:09

    because of the secrecy bill they willing to probe the shady dealings of our previous presidents all the way back to the first one in 1994, what they dont know s they will all be f@cked when the constitutional court overturns the secrecy bill half way through this investigation and then afrifcan heros will be left exposed as thieves

      IC1 - 2011-09-16 10:57

      Agree with Falcon, BAE Systems, Thint etc etc, they all need to get their come-uppence. We need to support the UK and German investigations and give them the info they have been asking for all along, then we'll see who got what and from whom.

  • Bill - 2011-09-16 10:09

    Balderdash….You talking through the wrong orifice..! There is other outside forces that have forced Zuma’s hand to have to open this inquiry…!

  • letsee - 2011-09-16 10:13

    One has reason to wonder why only now. Has evidence been destroyed?

      WHITE MAN - 2011-09-16 10:15

      Moegeng Moegeng! Ring any bells??

      cj - 2011-09-16 10:27

      White man, please see my question to will294. Can you answer ?

      mac-sdi - 2011-09-16 12:39

      it not about the eleven others. its the influence he will now have. Analogy: ANC has 60% majority, you cannot possibly think all 60% MP are in favour of the Info Bill, but when it comes to voting For/against, they will all vote YAY. That is why having a lapdog in the highest judicial position was key for JZ. Moseneke does not think much of Zuma and he knew that when selecting chief judge

  • scipio - 2011-09-16 10:20

    jacob you really are a grubby little chancer. i can imagine the kind of people you will choose to investigate this dirty bit of work. you will pick south africas finest crooks. buddy just do us all a favour, team up with fat boy and bugger off!!!

  • Deeteem - 2011-09-16 10:23

    This uneducated herd boy has got some few very clever stragegists somewhere !! I know it cannot be mac marajah !!

      allie - 2011-09-16 10:46

      Al dra n aap n goue ring.....

  • Frank - 2011-09-16 10:28

    WILL THE NEW SECRECY LAW PREVENT US FROM KNOWING CERTAIN DISCLOSURES?

      Dave - 2011-09-16 14:15

      good question Frank, i'm sure that is going to play a big part

  • ChrisKhoza - 2011-09-16 10:31

    Ok guys, are we happy with the government saying the arms deal issue is dead and buried? No, we're not. Are we happy with the government opening an investigation to the arms deal? No, we're not. Arms deal fiasco is here with us, the question is how best can we deal with it in a way that it will satisfy every citizen of the Republic? Do we forget about it and move on as country or do we dig deeper to find the culprits?

      Kenno - 2011-09-16 10:58

      Sadly the actual TRUTH will never be told!! this is purely a marketing exercise by the ANC!

      Unskinny Bob - 2011-09-16 13:28

      Ok ChrisKhoza, I propose this: Let the DA and the ANC chose the investigative team together. 50/50. Any team showerhead comes up with are tainted.

  • cj - 2011-09-16 10:31

    This is a master stroke. He would probably have been ordered to do this by the Concourt, and he gets to nail the old Mbeki people, including, probably Mbeki himself, at a time when Malema is saying Mbeki was the best president so far. JZ himself probably had nothing to do with the arms deal. He almost got R 500 000 from Shabir, and that's that.

  • Gary - 2011-09-16 10:33

    Come on guys, he's just moving the spotlight again, notice the lack of coverage about the hearings, when this gets to hot the NC will just move to something else

  • Markal - 2011-09-16 10:35

    After all the tracks have been wiped and all incriminating evidence has been destroyed, we can now all move on to an inquiry to try and make us look like heroes before the next election. These clowns must really think that we are even more stupid than they are.

  • Dick-Head - 2011-09-16 10:40

    O we will get a closure now soon. Not one send was pocketed and taken to buy luxury cars and home's every penny was spend on buying weapons. Bla bla bla and that is how a President does corruption and defends the end of justice, if he know he is guilty he get rid of evidence & task forces (scorpions), implement his own team ans "Bobs your Uncle" JZ is innocent! Corruption in SA hey this Government has got it all figured out. Know it all, stole it all, corrupt it all, fraud it all, disappearing Documents, dockets disappearing or even burning, Eish we got to LOVE SA Crime & Corruption Capital of the World!!!!!1

  • Johan Erasmus - 2011-09-16 10:43

    "This matter needs to be dealt with and exposed of properly," Should read "This matter needs to be dealt with and disposed of properly with the help of comrade Moegoe Moege"

  • barryjoelm - 2011-09-16 10:53

    "exposed of properly???"

  • Adolf - 2011-09-16 10:53

    Translation = They have a person lined up to take the fall, and a step by step plan that will be executed.

      cliffarc - 2011-09-16 11:12

      - Yep - Maybe the late defence mininster Joe Modise.

      Gary - 2011-09-16 12:54

      ooo maybe MR malema

  • derkus - 2011-09-16 10:59

    this will be a armless investigation

  • Renny Meere - 2011-09-16 10:59

    Oh please, I cant believe the crap that comes out of his mouth.

  • vegetarian - 2011-09-16 11:11

    The so called commission is nothing but a pathetic attempt to hoodwink the supposedly gullible public. If there are allegations of criminal wrongdoing against someone, that person is a suspect, and will remain a suspect until cleared by a court of law. Ascending the top office of any country does not wash away the suspecthood. This is a highly perculiar situation, the one who is deeply entangled in the web of wrongdoing appoints a commission to inquiry about the same wrongdoing. No one worth his salt will believe any exoneration delivered by such apparatus of deception.

  • Horza - 2011-09-16 11:26

    the man is a card

  • Aleg - 2011-09-16 11:26

    Smoke and mirrors. Machiavellian maneuvering. Deflect and balance out some of all the attention Malema's been getting to Zuma's detriment. Pre-empt the threat of Malema throwing the cupboard doors open of the rattling arms deal/skeletons. All is set up to allow only favourable information to be revealed. Anything else will be protected by the upcoming Secrecy Bill. The more that is revealed, the less we will know. The Schaiks, who seemed to be at the heart of the arms deal, will, along with all other parties involved come through the ordeal unscathed, and no one will be penalized for taking bribes. The only party that will pay is the TAXPAYER who will continue to bear the burden of the arms deal as well this investigation. Pay, beloved taxpayer, pay.

      leonard - 2011-09-16 11:58

      @Aleg. See other sites relating to this sorry mess.Remember,Zuma has the top spin doctors working for him.And can they spin.What I really find amusing is that Mac is now up to bat for the ANC.He passed his sellby date ages ago.I said last week that Zuma has the defence force,police,judiciary and parliament in his back pocket,ergo his willingness to "reopen the arms fiasco".He will be exonorated of all blame.

  • jhb guy - 2011-09-16 11:54

    SOEWAARS!!! thats all im saying!...i hope my hindi to english transliteration is correct! :)

  • Gina - 2011-09-16 12:22

    They going to close it like all the rest, swept under the carpet or like travelgate. This country is doomed to fail because we do not a President with guts, they are to busy covering up for each other. The Info Bill will suit them fine.

  • Raymond - 2011-09-16 12:28

    The president thought it's time we had proper closure on this matter and he said: 'Well, the best way then, is, let's have a proper commission of inquiry as mandated by the Constitution if its mandated by the constitution then why was it not dealt with this way from the start?

  • Verdade - 2011-09-16 14:47

    And corrupt filthy BigMac trying to look busy again in his mickey mouse post...Sure we need closure! Watch out Mac your name might come up too, oh, sure Shrek ShowerHead want an investigation now, since the idiot has removed his fingerprints and most of the culprits are either dead, retired or dying...African National Circus you are such a joke...

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