ConCourt arms deal case delayed

2011-05-05 14:56

Johannesburg - An attempt to compel President Jacob Zuma to appoint a commission of inquiry into a controversial arms deal was postponed at the Constitutional Court on Thursday.

Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo said it would be heard on September 20.

This is to enable the president to file a response to facts contained in the application by Terry Crawford-Browne, who wants the matter probed.

This was because the president decided to focus on the legal technical aspect of retired banker Crawford-Browne's application for direct access to the court and did not file an affidavit responding to factual claims in the application.

The court also heard that the reason for the last refusal in 2008 to appoint a commission, by former president Kgalema Motlanthe, was given as due to an ongoing investigation by the now defunct Scorpions.

There is currently no investigation into aspects of the multibillion-rand deal which at one point saw Zuma himself facing a trial for corruption for allegedly receiving a bribe from arms company Thint - allegedly facilitated by his now paroled former financial adviser Schabir Shaik.

The judges said it would be unfair to decide the case based only on facts presented by Crawford-Browne and became irritable at the idea of a postponement so that Zuma could file an affidavit replying to the factual allegations.

Zuma's counsel Marumo Moerane said that they responded according to directions sent by the court.

But Crawford-Browne's counsel Paul Hoffman and the judges rejected this, saying earlier directions should have alerted the president to the problem.

  • paulf - 2011-05-05 15:00

    Here it comes, could be interesting to see what the outcome is going to be.

      daaivark - 2011-05-05 15:10

      Have you any doubt?

      paulf - 2011-05-05 15:12

      It seems I have doubt but believe that the outcome will be Positive.

      sheep - 2011-05-05 15:41

      it escapes my logic , why are still wasting so much time , resources n money on this non - issue. we have more pressed issues at hand , lets stop looking at the past n move on, the main priority now is to ensure the ANC wins the local elections on the 18th, the 19th we send racist forum packing, this clown trying to distract our attention from elections, nationalisation, land distribution will never succeed. long live ANC long live, economic freedom in our life time. paulf, the outcome will be economic freedom in our life time

      Thangy - 2011-05-05 15:50

      @sheep I'm sorry boet but this has to be dealt with independently. The amounts of tax money involved along with just how deep the rot has gone demands that this issue be dealt with and properly.

      sheep - 2011-05-05 15:53

      @thangy - this non-issue was thrown out of court on a daily light as it hold no substance, can we please stop being backward n work together with the ANC as we are building this great nation

      Rocky_III - 2011-05-05 16:03

      @sheep. BLEAT BLEAT. Are you a nutter or a troll. Anybody suggesting what you are must have there head so far up the A#$S that they simply cannot see a thing.

      POLLENYS - 2011-05-05 16:06

      It wil be postponed till after the election. Not 18 May, not next year's, but the one in 2016 or later.

      DW - 2011-05-05 17:00

      sheep, of course it escapes your logic. You have given yourself the right name - follow your leader like a sheep without question. The logic, clear and simple, that YOUR LEADER WAS INVOLVED IN THIS QUESTIONABLE DEAL. The economic freedom that you desire will not happen whilst these corrupt thieves remain in power. The great nation will remain a dream. Only a few will benefit until it all comes crashing down and there is nothing left to distribute ala Zimbabwe. The ConCourt will not throw it out because there is a reason not to throw it out. Tell Zuma to answer the real questions put to him and not try his smoke-screening to get away with a criminal act once again.

  • Felix - 2011-05-05 15:11

    Don't worry JZ... They have showers in prison.

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-05-05 15:18

      ...and wives.

      paulf - 2011-05-05 15:28

      LOL, he has to be careful not to drop the soap bar LOL

      Boerseun - 2011-05-05 15:57

      ..en moenie buk om die seep op te tel nie.

  • FatMole - 2011-05-05 15:19

    "the president decided to focus on the legal technical aspect of retired banker Crawford-Browne's application..." Looking for another legal loophole so he doesn't have to answer the charges?

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-05-05 15:20

    I wait patiently for the day when the disgraceful Zuma is not SA's president anymore....

      DW - 2011-05-05 17:01

      I wait patiently for the day when the whole disgraceful ANC is no longer our government...

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  • Airwolf - 2011-05-05 15:45

    September the 20th?? Ja what's the rush ...come September the 20th it will probably then be postponed to sometime next year.

  • Boerseun - 2011-05-05 15:57

    Zuma and his SC are playing tech games again. it is time for the concourt to do what is right by us all. Zuma needs to stand trial, end of story. We need closure.

  • Rob - 2011-05-05 16:11

    Is the ConCourt going to look for reasons NOT to grant the request? If so if you want to beat a dog it`s easy to find a stick.

  • Dave - 2011-05-05 16:33

    @ sheep - your name sums you up my friend. This was going on long before the elections, so you need to understand that first. There is no doubt that he was corrupt, hence he should face the music just like any other. And there is no economic freedom when your government is stealing OUR money to line their own pockets. Don't be a sheep and open your eyes my mate.

  • 50something - 2011-05-05 16:47

    The president appointing a C of I to probe himself? Ha ha - I would like to see that. He went out of his way to avoid his day in court. There will be all sorts of excuses to avoid a probe because they know it will bring the ANC down. Interesting story to watch, but sadly, very predictable.

  • one-way - 2011-05-05 19:17

    This story won,t go away. It will also be an excellent test of our Constitutional court. Of course the N.P.A. was weighed and found wanting.Their eagerness in prosecution, should they ever be forced too, might be quite revealing in terms of their professional integrity . I fear that the Standard and Poors rating for that honoured dept might just be 100 percentage points below junk status. However, they might try and save some face and prosecute themselves for failing to prosecute themselves, to save the president for another term. Wunderbar. Is o.k. to break the law. IF YOU WIN yes!

  • Elbie - 2011-05-05 22:18

    @ Sheep: There can be no economic freedom without economic transparancy.

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