Arms deal probe investigator quits

2013-01-17 09:46

Johannesburg - The integrity of the Seriti commission probing the arms deal has been questioned in a resignation letter penned by one of the commission's senior investigators, according to a report on Thursday.

Norman Moabi, a lawyer and former acting judge from Pretoria, alleges in his letter, which was leaked to Beeld newspaper, that the commission is not being transparent and is concealing an alternative or "second agenda".

Moabi says in the letter, addressed to judge Willie Seriti, that he is resigning because of interference and because he has lost faith in the commission's work.

"I joined the commission to serve with integrity, dignity and dedication to truth. I cannot, in all conscience, pretend to be blind to what is actually going on at the commission."

'Second agenda'

According to Moabi, Seriti rules the commission with an iron fist and facts are manipulated or withheld from commissioners.

Contributions from commissioners who do not pursue the "second agenda" are frequently ignored.

Beeld contacted Moabi, but he declined to comment.

Spokesperson for the Seriti commission, William Baloyi said the commission would fulfil its mandate, as requested by President Jacob Zuma.

"Any other agenda referred to by Mr Moabi is a delusion."

Hearings were expected to start in March.

In October 2011 Zuma announced that Supreme Court of Appeal Judge Seriti would chair the three-man commission of inquiry, flanked by judges Hendrick Musi and Francis Legodi.

Corruption allegations

The multi-billion rand deal has dogged South Africa's politics since it was signed in 1999, after then Pan Africanist Congress MP Patricia de Lille raised allegations of corruption in Parliament.

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

The charges against Zuma were later dropped.

  • PrettyUsefulArt - 2013-01-17 09:50

    Ai f*cking toggie fontein!!! Grrrr.

      gideon.walt - 2013-01-17 10:54

      14 years later...poor

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-01-17 11:07

      Handpicked Zuma Judges.....................what a joke!

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2013-01-17 09:51

    Oh to be a fly on the wall.

  • john.silver.3572846 - 2013-01-17 09:54

    disgraceful and fully expected...

      andre.vandeventer.16 - 2013-01-17 10:48

      Mr Norman Moabi, many thanks for being honest and showing integrity by withdrawing from the commission. I was always sceptic by Zuma's decision to appoint the commission to investigate the armament (corruption) deal. Now we know, it is because he appointed his crony, judge Serity, to control the proceedings and to steer the enquiry and final finding in a certain and suitable (for Zuma) pre-determined direction!

  • john.loveland.9 - 2013-01-17 09:58

    I have to commend and congratulate this man .... "I joined the commission to serve with integrity, dignity and dedication to truth. I cannot, in all conscience, pretend to be blind to what is actually going on at the commission."

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-01-17 11:01

      His concern should be noted and investigated, not written off as delusional.

      malcolm.james.macleod - 2013-01-17 11:09

      Sounds like Mr Norman Maobi should be president in place of Zuma.

  • SarelJBotha - 2013-01-17 09:59

    I never expected this whole thing to be anything but mere window dressing. If Zuma appoints anyone, it can only follow that he does so knowing they will never go against him.

  • butch.poulter - 2013-01-17 10:12

    Approx 700 charges against Zuma. What did you expect? Good for you Mr Moabi.

  • mbulelu.diba - 2013-01-17 10:14

    I take my hat off for this man. It's pity that not more people display the same level of integrity.

  • Lucky - 2013-01-17 10:20

    yet another complete waste of taxpayers money to justify their corruption and outright theft! ditch the "commission of justification", it's a farce.

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2013-01-17 10:35

      with a giggle.....on the hook is a white colonial cultural invention and does not apply to me!

      paddy.pereira - 2013-01-18 13:09

      The World Court cometh ....

  • foxiloxi - 2013-01-17 10:34

    Well done Norman!!! Is anybody else really surprised at the lack of transparency?!?!?!

  • herman.mosima - 2013-01-17 10:37

    A judge appointed by zuma, to investigate zuma and give report to zuma, what should be the outcome? no corruption. Until how long are we going to treated as cows? This commission of enquiry is going to be a big flop.

      mammudi.makgaleng.3 - 2013-01-17 13:13

      Well said Mr.

      mammudi.makgaleng.3 - 2013-01-17 13:25

      Well said Mr.

  • dan.gleebits.33 - 2013-01-17 10:42

    "Spokesperson for the Seriti commission, William Baloyi said the commission would fulfil its mandate, as requested by President Jacob Zuma." That's if we let them get away with it. This is exactly the problem: JZ is looming in the background, with very, very high stakes if the truth actually does emerge.

      rodney.overes - 2013-01-17 11:00

      You have it right "AS REQUESTED BY ZUMA" there will be a decision in favor of ZUMA and he will be ACQUITTED!!!

      paddy.pereira - 2013-01-18 13:11

      I think that Moabi ought to launch a private prosecution against Zuma

  • annalene.nel - 2013-01-17 10:47

    Mr Norman Moabi, I SALUTE YOU !

  • dennie.dupreez - 2013-01-17 10:52

    What did zuma request the commission to do? Must they give him (zuma) a clean bill? I smell a rat.Mr Moabi I admire your courage and integrity.

  • CaL044 - 2013-01-17 10:52

    Commission Mugabe style! Zuma and Mugabe make good bed chums! Its a breath of fresh air to see this man stand up for integrity and his principles. Congratulations Mr Moabi!

  • lee.brand.73 - 2013-01-17 10:54

    Mr Moabi = integrity and credibility. So the commision is as useless as I thought it would be. Infected with the cANCer.

  • tersia.louw.12 - 2013-01-17 10:59

    "Zuma himself was once charged with corruption" - just the once?

  • Hasani P - 2013-01-17 11:10

    The commissions should be impartial, especially this one, as the president has been fingered. Good luck

  • Olandini - 2013-01-17 11:10

    Watch how JZ Inc. works!

  • Erna - 2013-01-17 11:12

    'would fulfil its mandate, as requested by President Jacob Zuma' This sentence says it all doesn't it.

  • Prince Kgwale - 2013-01-17 11:14

    Only men and women with integrity distance themselves from Zooom zooom! I salute u chief!!!

  • arthur.salvado - 2013-01-17 11:16

    To much money has exchanged hands . Nothing can come of it because it will have huge repercussions in many parts of the world involving high profile people. Jacob is only a cog(big) in the wheel of corruption and theft from the tax payer. If the whole truth came out, a lot of people would go to jail. It's NEVER going to happen. Some people might even get hurt. This is huge !!!

  • dannymothilall.danny - 2013-01-17 11:30

    Anything requested by JACOB ZUMA Is in itself CORRUPT SO the Seriti Cpmmission is also corrupt and in no time would the case be thrown out of the highest cout in the land-perhaps therte should be a court such as the international court of justice like the one in the Hague.Watch when all charges will be dropped.

  • sesthanius.nchabeleng - 2013-01-17 11:35

    Bribe work for everyone

  • dannymothilall.danny - 2013-01-17 11:37

    Mr.Moabi,I place on record your honesty,sincerity and dedication and thank you for divorcing yourself from Judge Seriti and all the other CORRUPT JUDGES appointed by Jacob Zuma.For this you deserve the highest accolade in this land.

  • mapudieric.morakiwamachacha - 2013-01-17 11:42

    shocking that a high-profile jurist of judge seriti's stature agreed to compromise his dignity and hard-earned respect to cover up for jz's unethical deeds. As the custodian of the law, i am gravely disturbed by his behaviour.

      hmoeletsi - 2013-01-17 20:19

      Has it been tested and proved that the judge is/has covered up for anybody or it is still an allegation? Just asking?

  • gerasimos.komnenus - 2013-01-17 12:17

    Once again the grubby fingers of corruption point to Zuma. Obviously a man of little or no integrity, cunning as snake and as intelligent as empty calabash. Shame on SA. The ANC are outdoing the Nats and are destroying our country.

  • motsarami - 2013-01-17 12:18

    “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.” - Ghandi said it best and am delighted to read about Moabi's integrity stance.

  • Notrax123 - 2013-01-17 14:22

    cANCer word for truth..... Delusion

  • johnhuntermitchell - 2013-01-17 17:31

    The ANC is sooooo corrupt!

      hmoeletsi - 2013-01-17 20:10

      Do you mean the organization ANC or you mean certain individuals in the organization Sir?

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