New judges in arms deal, police lease inquiries

2011-10-28 22:49

Johannesburg - Two judges have been replaced on the board of inquiry into allegations of misconduct by National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele and on the commission of inquiry into the arms deal, the presidency said on Friday.

Retired Constitutional Court Judge Yvonne Mokgoro, who was going to chair the inquiry into the allegations of misconduct in the police lease deals, had been replaced by Judge Jake Moloi, President Jacob Zuma's spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

Justice department spokesperson Tlali Tlali was not immediately available to explain why she had been replaced.

There are also two additional members on the board of inquiry - advocates Terry Motau  and Anthea Platt.

Deputy Judge President of the North Gauteng High Court, Justice Willem van der Merwe, who was set to sit on the commission of inquiry into the arms deal, had asked Zuma to release him from the arms probe, said Maharaj.

"He asked to be released... for personal reasons," he said.

On Monday, Zuma announced the judges appointed to the arms deal commission of inquiry and the board of inquiry into the lease agreements.

Supreme Court of Appeal Judge Willie Seriti would chair the commission of inquiry into the arms deal.

  • Robbie - 2011-10-28 23:34

    I smell a rat.

      Van - 2011-10-28 23:48

      I smell the stench of an ancESTOR.

      Robert - 2011-10-29 04:07

      a RAT????????? its greater

      steve.dupreez - 2011-10-29 05:18

      All you guys smell is your own vomit to find fault with everything.

      Dirk - 2011-10-29 05:20

      This also reflects on the (in)competence of the regime. Before publicly announcing a commission,the members should be approached to ensure their availability and willingness.

      Van - 2011-10-29 05:32

      @steve Wisdom of King Solomon: As a dog goes back to its vomit, [so] a fool repeats his stupidity.

      Robbie - 2011-10-29 07:36

      @Dirk- I can't agree with you more. Well said.

  • Van - 2011-10-28 23:36

    Let the fiasco continue. Why appoint someone when you are going to replace them with someone else a couple days later? Seems that old showerhead forgot to apply his mind on this one, or did the replaced persons don't want to accept the backhand?

  • Atholl - 2011-10-28 23:41

    This is just another deal ... Arms and Law. Arms deal, Money deal, Power deal, Govt deal, Judge deal, Police deal, Dirty deal, Corrupt deal.. Arms is a dirty game .... Law is a dirty game ... Next episode is probably an dirty Energy deal ?

  • alansmart223 - 2011-10-29 02:19

    Hats off to Justice van der Murwie, He's not prepared to go to the circus and be a clown. He's a guy of integrity.

      Frits - 2011-10-29 02:38

      Or he doesn't have the balls to continue and expose this for what it is.

  • Angela - 2011-10-29 04:50

    Let the dog fight begin!

  • Harold - 2011-10-29 06:24

    With the new info bill going thru this is just a joke because even if this lot uncover huge dirt we'll never hear about it.Jacob trying to score points.

      Du - 2011-10-29 23:06

      Die verwysingsraamwerk van die kommissies behoort in te sluit dat hulle bevinding bekend gemaak MOET word.

  • Burtfred - 2011-10-29 07:10

    Are these judges perhaps too afraid to investigate the Zulu Mafia? I don't blame them for politely excusing themselves.

  • Kevin - 2011-10-29 07:18

    anc is not capable of doing the right thing ,yet the stupid keep voting for them.Smell a rat an no pied piper .

  • Dianne - 2011-10-29 07:41

    I wrote to the President, telling him that the current chair of the board of inquiry may not be mandated to conduct the investigation. The chair is a retired Constitutional Court judge and not a sitting Supreme Court judge. This is a possible contravention of the South African Police Service Act. Failure to meet the requirements of the Act means that the board of inquiry’s findings could be open to a legal and constitutional challenge. Two hours later he changed the lot. His entire advisory team should be fired.

  • alan.erwin1 - 2011-10-29 07:44

    @steve.dupreez- get real this is South Africa. A country that lets murders and rapists out on bail. A country that takes 100 years in court to fight a corruption case. A country that has the worst crime in the modern world. These are facts how ever or who ever looks at it.

  • Du - 2011-10-29 08:05

    Nog nie eens aan die gang nie, en daar is reeds onenigheid - voorspel NIKS goed vir die kredietwaardigheid van die uitkoms van enige van die kommissies se ondersoeke nie.

  • Andre - 2011-10-29 10:19

    These political appointees are scared to be open and just. Better to jump the gun now.

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