Advocates removed from arms deal probe

2012-05-31 13:02

Johannesburg - Two of the three advocates responsible for assessing evidence before the arms deal commission have been removed, the Financial Mail reported on Thursday.

Advocates Vas Soni and Sthembiso Mdladla were hand-picked by the commission’s chairperson, Judge Willie Seriti.

But barely eight months into its work, William Baloyi, the commission’s spokesperson, confirmed to the FM that both lawyers are “no longer available to serve” for reasons that cannot be disclosed.

The FM established that after a routine vetting process of the two, it was discovered that Soni had failed to disclose that, back in 2008, he had acted for Thint, the local subsidiary of French arms company Thales, in its legal tussle with the national director of public prosecutions.

  • Werner - 2012-05-31 13:10

    How these fools sleep at night

      Amanda - 2012-05-31 14:02

      I do not believe that there is one honest one amongst whole LOT of them. That is the main reason why all these investigations and probes are a total farce. No word uttered by them can be believed and honesty and integrity is non-existant, if not found out nobody would have known any the better. And they rule a country.

      Kala - 2012-05-31 14:10

      They might just find a whole bunch of people guilty of corruption. And that is where it will end. No punishment, no jail time, just a friendly slap on the wrist.

      Sylvester.Mohloli - 2012-05-31 14:12

      Lol, they sleep during the day and steal at night man, at least they can handle the daymares (sic) during the day

      Godfrey - 2012-05-31 14:35

      @Kala....100% correct just look at Cele, 2 investigations and still fighting to have his job back. No shame only the gravy train in them.

  • Craig - 2012-05-31 13:13

    Aw geez .... this will go on forever or at least until the fatcats that stole the cream are dead ..........

  • Nigel - 2012-05-31 13:13

    Oh no. Here we go again.

  • Mike - 2012-05-31 13:17

    There's obviously a conflict of interests here hence they cannot act.

      John - 2012-05-31 15:38

      Maybe thats why they were chosen in the first place....

  • almeleh - 2012-05-31 13:19

    I wouldn't be surprised if the biggest single item of government expenditure after salaries, is legal fees.

      Tax - 2012-05-31 14:19

      And the KFC bill.

  • John - 2012-05-31 13:20

    More smoke and mirros, step aside David Copperfield you have some serious competition. This sorry saga will never end and the goal posts will just be moved once again.

  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-31 13:20

    Sounds like the ANC regime is up to its communist tactics again

  • jaco.liebenberg11 - 2012-05-31 13:22


  • Steve - 2012-05-31 13:28

    put the facts on the net and let us decide

  • khutso.b - 2012-05-31 13:29

    typical... corruption is everywhere, Zuma makes my life difficult

  • Martin - 2012-05-31 13:34

    Nelson was president at the time of the arms deal, guess why this investigation will never come into the light? nelson, jacob, and who knows who really, will be done.... dreams and respect of a majority will be lost in one swoop....popcorn? mark my words the great nelson is in on this too

  • Theo Ferreira - 2012-05-31 13:49

    Is he going to pay back his invoiced revenue? Since his work was clearly not performed with the required scrutiny and objectivity what he has "done" so far is probably worthless. I am guessing he charged R2000 per hour at about 2 hours per day for 20 days per month, costing you close to R1M so far. That could serve as the first weekly installment on Sanral's R20B debt. What a joke.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-05-31 13:51

    nothing new, other than the excuses that is.

  • eric.louw.9 - 2012-05-31 13:58

    Vas Soni should be taken to task by his association. Knowing that a conflict of interest would arise he should have declined the appointment. His acceptance of the appointment is in direct conflict with his association's rules of ethics

  • swavka - 2012-05-31 14:08

    But of course - no one who was anyone back then is clean, they are all involved in one way or another.

  • The-third - 2012-05-31 14:09


  • Clive - 2012-05-31 14:09

    "... barely eight months into its work ...." I assume this includes the approx 5-6 months it took them to find a venue - hardly "work". It would be just another big joke, except there's nothing funny about the waste of our money this is going to turn out to be.

  • daniel.motlhatlhedi - 2012-05-31 14:12

    secrets and more secrets

  • Richard - 2012-05-31 14:58

    Ok so who pays their bills so far.

  • braamc - 2012-05-31 15:11

    Manipulate the arm of the law, thieving c(*nts

  • edward.herbst - 2012-05-31 16:02

    mmmmm the thick plottens !!!

  • Warwick Bristow - 2012-06-01 08:10

    This story really has a stink about it. Get too close to revealing the truth and be removed. This enquiry is actually a confidence trick to lead us into a false sense that something is bring done, meanwhile it is part of a coverup.

  • mafuj.ahmad.5 - 2012-08-01 19:04

    just as Elaine said I'm impressed that any body able to earn $8841 in 4 weeks on the internet. did you read this link

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