'That's news to me' – Kasrils on arms deal report

2016-04-21 19:39
Ronnie Kasrils at Stellenbosch University (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

Ronnie Kasrils at Stellenbosch University (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

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Cape Town – Former intelligence minister, Ronnie Kasrils, was seemingly unaware on Thursday that the Seriti Commission of Inquiry’s findings into the arms deal had been released.

Kasrils was part of a ministerial team that approved the multi-billion rand arms package. He was then Defence Minister Joe Modise's deputy at the time.

When asked in Stellenbosch what his reaction was to the report, he said: “Well we haven’t had any findings yet. Is it public?”

He was told President Jacob Zuma had released the report on Thursday.

“Oh well it’s news to me. I haven’t seen the papers. I must read that,” he said.

He had to rush off and was not able to answer further questions.

Kasrils gave a sworn statement and was cross-examined by the commission.

City Press reported he had told the commission he had no say in the decisions to purchase the arms. His position was to give advice and assistance to Modise.

According to the report, there was no evidence – oral or documented – of bribery, corruption and fraud in the 1999 multi-billion rand arms deal.

No evidence was found of undue influence in the selection of the preferred bidders.

 

 

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