Terms of arms inquiry to be announced

2011-10-26 15:20

Johannesburg - Justice Minister Jeff Radebe will announce the terms of reference for the new arms deal inquiry in Parliament on Thursday, his spokesperson said.

"This is expected to unlock answers to a number of questions that include the scope of the inquiry as well as powers of the commission," Tlali Tlali said in a statement on Wednesday.

The announcement would be made at 11:00.

On Monday, President Jacob Zuma announced that Supreme Court of Appeal Judge Willie Seriti would chair the commission of inquiry into the arms deal.

Deputy Judge President of the North Gauteng High Court, Willem van der Merwe, and Judge Francis Legodi of the same court would be the other two members of the three-person commission.

Zuma said they would investigate allegations of wrongdoing in the strategic defence procurement packages, generally known as the "arms deal".

The deal has dogged South Africa's politics since it was signed in 1999 after then Pan Africanist Congress MP Patricia de Lille officially raised allegations of corruption relating to the deal 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 Zuma from a company which was part of the deal.

Shaik is on medical parole after being sentenced to jail for 15 years and the charges against Zuma were withdrawn shortly before he became president due to alleged interference in the investigation.

  • Servaas - 2011-10-26 15:35

    "Zuma said they would investigate allegations of wrongdoing in the strategic defence procurement packages, generally known as the "arms deal". Zuma, how about coming to the party and telling them everything you know seeing that your name was mentioned so many times during this debacle. And if they find evidence tying ol Zooomer to it, what will happen? a new commission will be appointed to cover up zoomer's tracks. BTW, Zuma, you have had so much time to clear your tracks and only now their is an investigation into the arms debacle. You have ZERO credibility. Irony: Criminal appointing a commission to investigate a crime he was implicated in

      Servaas - 2011-10-26 15:37

      "Terms of arms inquiry to be announced" Let me guess, one of the "terms" will be that Zooomer will not be investigated?

      Thulebona - 2011-10-26 16:18

      @Servaas... Do you actually do any work...

      Servaas - 2011-10-26 16:24

      @Thulebona: Yes, about as much as Malema and Zuma. Can you actually comment on the article?

      sibusiso.mpofu1 - 2011-10-27 13:29

      @Serv! I agree with your content not the spirit. A criminal is one that has been convicted. Malema said 'white' south africans were criminals for stealing land, and all 'whites' complained and rebuked him. Be as fair as much as you are honest. I ama also wondering what will happen if Gedleyihlekisa is implicated in some wrong doing again in this saga. Can't wait for 2013 announcement of the outcome! A year before elections! Ha ha ha ha ha! ANC is so clever! I feel like we are being bamboozled into complacency until election time when we will be convinced again that the ANC is the only organization to lead out to the future. We shall see.

  • Craig - 2011-10-26 15:39

    Am hoping for the best, but expecting the worst, or somewhere close to it. I expect the terms of reference to be quite limited. Would love to be proved wrong though. Lets see what tomorrow brings.

  • baggio.PNL - 2011-10-26 15:45

    Guys we understandthe immediacy but please check your grammar errors

      Levett - 2011-10-26 16:03

      WTF does 'understandthe' means? Help me I'm bad at grammar

  • Burtfred - 2011-10-26 15:55

    Ok judges, I want you investigate everything relating to the arms deal. Absolutely everything from A-Y.....

  • Sam - 2011-10-26 15:56

    Rule No 1: skip Zuma part (Do not investigate him).

  • Cheryl - 2011-10-26 17:05

    How entertaining.....guess he will say 'it wasnt me who farted it was the cat'...hahaha

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