Zuma updated on arms inquiry

2012-08-01 18:26

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma has received an update from the commission of inquiry into the arms deal, commonly known as the arms procurement commission.

"The update was given in line with the terms of reference within which the commission is to conduct its work," Zuma's spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement on Wednesday.

It had to submit interim reports and recommendations to the president from time to time, and at least every six months prior to the finalisation of its report.

Zuma established the commission in September 2011 to investigate allegations of fraud, corruption, impropriety or irregularity in the arms procurement process.

"The president expresses his full confidence and support for the commission in its work and underscores the integrity and independence attached to the commission and its work.

"The commission is progressing well and must be allowed to complete its mandate unhindered by any preconceived or prescribed outcomes."

In a separate statement, the commission said the time for public submissions on its terms of reference had expired.

"The public submissions to the commission are now closed. However, the chairperson has discretion to consider submissions made after the closing date," commission spokesperson William Baloyi said.

The commission was now starting the second phase of its work, which was to analyse the submissions and documentation it had received from government departments, chapter nine institutions, private entities, and interested parties.

From the submissions and documentation, the commission would identify issues that needed to be further probed, and conduct the necessary private investigations, both internally and outside of South Africa.

"It will interview potential witnesses and compile a list of witnesses. In short, the commission will be laying the ground work for the public hearings, a process that is expected to run until the end of the year.

"It is anticipated that the public hearings will start in the first quarter of 2013," Baloyi said.

  • adam.gardener.12 - 2012-08-01 18:44

    This could be a zip file??.

      jack.russel.14268769 - 2012-08-01 19:18

      Errr president, So far we have shredded 60 000 documents. We need another year to find and shred the rest

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-08-01 19:55

      This is just to refresh his memory on what he did. To see how deep he is in it

      sedick.gydien - 2012-08-01 20:09

      Toilet paper. to be flushed!!!

  • morne.demeillon - 2012-08-01 19:24

    Procurement commission? Im not buying it!

      bernpm - 2012-08-02 00:37

      I am buying anything from this commission but I will not pay for what I do not trust.

  • Lennon Chenga - 2012-08-01 20:13

    Pres Zuma, please stop putting a commission for everything! Commission for education mess up, commission for employment subsidy, commission to fire Malema! Just make a decision, some things are obvious!! We are being divided everyday!! We as the younger generation listened to the first Pres about reconciliation, 18 yrs later you are preaching about how our forefathers suffered under some rules. You are right but our best friends are good white guys, what do we do? We don't want free stuff, we are economists and bankers, how do we benefit from nationalization of fields that are not in our site? Let's learn from other African countries and better their policies!! Just make decisions please and stick by them!!!

  • Vince.York - 2012-08-01 21:19

    Commission Chairperson - What happened to 'John Galt' in this time?

  • mundu.olewega - 2012-08-02 03:33

    He will die of old age (or aids),before this commission finishes its work.

  • ben.lantz1 - 2012-08-02 05:14

    History repeats itself.Fernstein back then,first reported it to Zuma,and was told to keep him posted.Read AFTER THE PARTY and get the true facts.Wolf in sheepskin if ever you saw one

  • julian.booyens - 2012-08-02 08:37

    This is like a Policeman telling a drug dealer when his house is going to be raided and make sure all the contraband is gone

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