DA fears extension of arms probe

2013-08-01 16:41

Johannesburg - The resignation of Judge Francis Legodi from the arms procurement commission is serious setback, the DA said on Thursday.

It could result in the commission being extended, DA MP David Maynier said.

The commission's chair, Judge Willie Seriti, had to restore public trust in the commission before it started, he said.

"The place to begin may be for the commission to make public an interim report on its work," Maynier said.

In January senior investigator Norman Moabi resigned, accusing the commission of having a "double agenda". The commission denied this.

President Jacob Zuma appointed the commission in 2011 to probe allegations of fraud and corruption in the country's multi-billion rand strategic defence procurement package.

Its public hearings are scheduled to start in Pretoria on 5 August.

Former president Thabo Mbeki and Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel are among those scheduled to testify.

The Congress of the People (Cope) said it was shocked but not surprised by Legodi's resignation. It called for Seriti to be replaced.

"We are concerned that the commission under the stewardship of Judge Willie Seriti is now hovering above dangerous waters of mistrust," spokesperson Johan Abrie said.

Earlier, the presidency confirmed Legodi's resignation from the commission.

"The president has received the resignation of Judge Legodi with deep regret, and after consulting with him as to the reasons for his resignation has decided to accede to the judge's request," spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

"Judge Legodi has tendered his resignation for personal reasons and has requested that such reasons remain confidential," he said.

Legodi and Judge Hendrick Musi were appointed to help Seriti.

  • Godfrey Welman - 2013-08-01 16:45

    The money does not come from Zuma or ANC why should they care, of importance is the "right-outcome" only.

      Kawasaki1985 - 2013-08-02 08:32

      No surprises. The commission is made up of Zuma Cadres.

      King OfThiefs - 2013-08-02 11:52

      Zuma the No 1 thief in the country!!

  • proudlysa - 2013-08-01 16:59

    Could the "personal reasons" that is so confidential maybe be that he was "personally" told my a certain No 1 not to implicate him in any report and that was too much for the judge to stomach?? Come on Mac, tell us the truth - just ONCE please!!

      Lums Zindela - 2013-08-01 17:38

      don't expect mac to speak any other language except lies.

  • Sgungu Matje - 2013-08-01 17:16

    I don't know what this commission is aiming to archive. it seem like its waist of time. the transaction is long done. are they trying to correct corruption. the only thing would be taking the guns back. which I doubt would work with the seller. its like trying to arrest Gorge W Bush.

      John Loveland - 2013-08-01 17:49

      If George Bush is guilty of bribery and corruption then he should be arrested. But thats the USA's problem. If Zuma and the rest of his backers are guilty of bribery and corruption then they should be arrested. And thats our problem. And a big one at that.

  • Fritz Louw - 2013-08-01 17:17

    Don’t forget that Armscor and African Defence Systems (ADS) are also guilty of other fraud and theft of taxpayer’s money in addition to their abhorrent roles they played in the corrupt arms deal. The disgraceful and fundamentally corrupt organisations are both a shame for South Africa – in the past, now and it looks like in the foreseeable future as well.

  • Charles Komane - 2013-08-01 17:22

    Zuma se gaaaaaaat maan, this is a waiste of time nd money, i appreciate DA's efforts but they shud jst let it go, we will archieve nothing, i wonder why r other parties quite

      Tersia Louw - 2013-08-01 17:55

      It's not the position that's being disrespected, Malefu, it's the man.

      John Nel - 2013-08-01 18:38

      Malefu, respect is earned. It's not a right. JZ has done everything possible to put the dignity and reputation of the Office of the State President in a bad light. Corruption. Scandals. Nkandla. Extra marital affairs and children. Lies. Deviousness. Lack of leadership. Nepotism. Rascism. The list is endless. And no, I'm not rascist. Nelson Mandela was my "father" too. I would have followed him to hell and back. He took the Office of State President and used it to be wise, transparent, a leader, reconciliatory and much, much more. Zuma deserves all the scorn and criticism he reaps down on his own head.

  • Lums Zindela - 2013-08-01 17:29

    why waste time and money? Because there's nothing of value SA will ever get out of this. You keep fooling the people, that's what you're doing with these commissions and your friends are pocketing a hell of a lot of taxpayers' money as if it was not enough when you stole it. Nx

  • Pierre Van Der Walt - 2013-08-01 17:35

    Wake up please, he did not resign, he was either forced to or after knowing the truth, resigned.

  • Stephen AndKathy Whiteley - 2013-08-01 17:35

    The ruling party is so gridlocked into corruption that it can no longer attract anyone of ability into its top ranks, only those who agree to be crooks or to hide or ignore crookery. It follows, as the night the day, that elections will be crooked as well. Stephen

  • Charles Komane - 2013-08-01 17:35

    Zuma se gaaaaaaat maan, this is a waiste of time nd money, i appreciate DA's efforts but they shud jst let it go, we will archieve nothing, i wonder why r other parties quite

  • proudlysa - 2013-08-01 18:27

    Respect is earned and please tell me what Zuma has done to earn any....with over 700 counts of fraud against him, the Nkandla issue, arms deal etc you really think he deserves it whilst he is destroying our beautiful country...

  • Johan Diedericks - 2013-08-01 19:25

    Why can the ANC not just admit that their members illegally stole immense amounts of money and get this farce over! Everyone in their right mind know that all the ANC ministers (past and present) are guilty of this major theft!!!!!

  • Payricia Bull - 2013-08-01 20:03

    Hoping for a two-thirds majority vote at the next elections which would allow him to once again amend the constitution, but this time to 'LEGALIZE CRiME' ..... (And backdate it by 19 years) .... Eish .... Wot next?

  • Truth.speak - 2013-08-01 21:22

    The ANC and Zuma can never allow a proper commission. So they set up a sham with Seriti as a puppet.

  • Henk Brand - 2013-08-02 02:09

    Has any of these commissions ever delivered anything of value? Once they are in place you just don't hear anything again. It must be a big job to rewrite history to produce the required result.

  • Ryan Styles - 2013-08-02 07:59

    The Commission is a farce. By law it has no powers to arrest, can not Subpena anyone to give evidence and those who agree to be involved, can refuse to answer any question at any time. Any part of the final report can be withheld from public scrutiny. It is just a tool for government to fool the public into thinking a real investigation is taking place. If any wrong doing is found, the commission can only suggest that a proper investigation by police or the hawks be conducted and the whole process starts again.

  • Ryan Styles - 2013-08-02 08:18

    Don't forget though... The Arms deal will never be fully explained because there is too much money involved. The Arms Deal is where other deals such as Medupi Power Station and E-tolls were sourced. This includes the deal to supply the government with the electronic vote counting systems for the elections next year.

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