Mbeki awaits legal assistance

By Drum Digital
21 August 2013

Former president Thabo Mbeki withdrew his legal representation from the Seriti Commission of Inquiry pending finalisation of assistance from the State, an official said on Tuesday. In a brief statement, Mbeki's spokesman Mukoni Ratshitanga said Mbeki's position would be reviewed when government had made a decision on legal assistance to the former president. On Tuesday morning, lawyer Max Boqwana, representing Mbeki and his former cabinet ministers, withdrew from the Seriti Commission. Boqwana asked the commission to allow him to withdraw as attorneys of record. Evidence leader Tshepo Sibeko, SC, confirmed that there had been engagements with Boqwana. "... We have no objection to his withdrawal," Sibeko said. Commission chairman Judge Willie Seriti said the legal representation of witnesses fell outside the commission's ambit.

Witnesses could have their own legal representation at their own cost.

President Jacob Zuma appointed the commission in 2011 to investigate alleged corruption in the 1999 multi-billion rand arms deal.

-by Sapa

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