Zuma willing to testify about arms deal

2011-11-01 11:07
Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma says he will testify at the inquiry into the multi-billion rand arms deal if asked to do so.

"Of course, anybody called will have to go to the commission to testify whatever you know and whatever you don't know," Zuma said at a question and answer breakfast hosted by The New Age newspaper in Cape Town on Tuesday.

Zuma said many people had the impression that "you know a lot when you know nothing".

In September, Zuma announced a commission of inquiry into the arms deal.

Zuma himself was once charged with corruption after his financial adviser Schabir Shaik, who had a tender to supply part of the arms requirements, was found to have facilitated a bribe for Zuma from a French arms company which was part of the deal.

Shaik is on medical parole after being sentenced to jail for 15 years.

The charges against Zuma were withdrawn shortly before he became president due to alleged interference in the investigation.

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