Arms deal commission seeks submissions

2012-05-10 12:22

Johannesburg - The Arms Procurement Commission on Thursday called for submissions.

The call was gazetted on Wednesday, spokesperson William Baloyi said.

The anonymity of witnesses would be protected where necessary. Written submissions should be addressed to the chairperson of the commission, at House A, Nzasm Court, Third Street, Salvokop, Pretoria 0002.

Initial investigations would be conducted in private, potential witnesses would be interviewed and documentary evidence obtained.

"By early November 2012, the commission should be in a position to commence with public hearings," he said.

It was still premature to estimate the duration of the hearings, he said.

President Jacob Zuma appointed appeal court judge Willie Seriti as commission chairperson last year.

North Gauteng High Court Deputy Judge President Willem van der Merwe and Judge Francis Legodi, of the same court, are the other two members of the commission.

In November, Zuma said he was himself prepared to give evidence.

The commission was formed to investigate allegations of fraud, corruption, impropriety and irregularity in the arms deal package signed in 1999. It has dogged South Africa's politics since it was signed after the then Pan Africanist Congress MP Patricia de Lille, who is now mayor of Cape Town, officially raised allegations of corruption relating to the deal in Parliament.

  • Anthony - 2012-05-10 12:31

    well well well will zuma go to jail

  • Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-05-10 12:35

    no he wont his dirt long time covered up

      Anthony - 2012-05-10 12:41

      one can only hope you wrong...

  • Piet - 2012-05-10 12:38

    Another smoke screen by the cadres. Nothing will come from this!

  • Fanie - 2012-05-10 13:05

    Well, this should be fun, can the public actually sit in on these hearings? It should be quite easy to get to the bottom of it all, just ask Thabo Mbeki what he was hiding sooo aggressively. Also, the Germans already had all the evidence in their papers, not to much to FIND! Now the only trick should be to get the commission to finish their task before the law on State Secrecy Bill passes, bet they wont finish in time.

  • George Krillen - 2012-05-10 13:19

    OK i am no genius and correct me if i am wrong, but the chair person of this commision was appointed by J.Z? doesnt this bother anyone? since he is the prime suspect? some people say the president is uneducated, but thts a well planned move!

      Kala - 2012-05-10 13:26

      And that is exactly why no one is taking this commission seriously or expects any allegation or convictions to come of it. All that its done is created a few jobs, albeit temporarily, as far as the commission is concerned.

      Burtfred - 2012-05-10 13:31

      Lack of education does not automatically equate to stupidity

  • Dhavandran - 2012-05-10 14:25

    "The anonymity of witnesses would be protected where necessary". i bet the ifo bill will be passed by then and "protected where necessary"will no longer apply. bastards!

  • sika.ncamane - 2012-05-10 14:25

    so now you don't have confidence in the courts

  • Adam - 2012-05-10 14:36

    We all need to thank Terry Crawford-Browne for FORCING the anc to appoint this commission. Without the court order against anc, this would never have happened. anc = total destruction. zuma is playing jenga with South Africa.

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