Zuma willing to testify about arms deal

2011-11-01 11:07

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma says he will testify at the inquiry into the multi-billion rand arms deal if asked to do so.

"Of course, anybody called will have to go to the commission to testify whatever you know and whatever you don't know," Zuma said at a question and answer breakfast hosted by The New Age newspaper in Cape Town on Tuesday.

Zuma said many people had the impression that "you know a lot when you know nothing".

In September, Zuma announced a commission of inquiry into the arms deal.

Zuma himself was once charged with corruption after his financial adviser Schabir Shaik, who had a tender to supply part of the arms requirements, was found to have facilitated a bribe for Zuma from a French arms company which was part of the deal.

Shaik is on medical parole after being sentenced to jail for 15 years.

The charges against Zuma were withdrawn shortly before he became president due to alleged interference in the investigation.

  • thozamah - 2011-11-01 11:11

    im impressed wit the president for the past few months ,is he dying or something? its a shame hes doing his best work while bowing out

      Right - 2011-11-01 11:15

      Eiisssschhh! brotha...lets maketh da money. We hold the AUTOPSY when the thing is DEAD. VIVA!

      Servaas - 2011-11-01 11:16

      Ag please.. Now he is willing to testify after he covered his tracks and got rid of the evidence. How long did this case take? Funny how the biggest culprit appoints his own investigation team and you think we will hear the truth.. Ag please! Is the ANC known to be truthful?? I think we all know the answer to that one.

      Right - 2011-11-01 11:19


      John - 2011-11-01 11:26

      I think this is a case of him knowing he is going down in Bloem next year and this is an attempt at taking his potential successors down. This is political "chicken" if you ask me.

      Michael - 2011-11-01 11:28

      He has been rather good @thozamah - let's hope he continue in this vein and that others follow him :-)

      Michael - 2011-11-01 12:02

      Seems to me that you have the patent rights on "silly little attacks" @Servaas. For you everything seems to be a case of black and white - no room to manoeuvring elsewhere. Anyhow, keep trying to grow as a person (even if you don't succeed) - at least that way you can find justification for remaining trapped in your own paradigm.

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2011-11-01 12:09

      It would be because he saw the killing of Gaddafi

      Servaas - 2011-11-01 12:19

      @Michael: Once we have a competent president perhaps my mindset will change of the ruling party. Once our president addresses crime the way it should be, govern SA the way SA DESERVES to be governed and not always jump on a plane and fly to heaven knows where when there are issues.

      Right - 2011-11-01 12:24


      Aisha - 2011-11-01 12:29

      @Michael well said exactly my sentiment about Servaas.

      Servaas - 2011-11-01 12:55

      @Aisha & Michael: Well you clearly don't agree with what I have to say about the ANC, so run along like 2 little good comrades and go march or protest or something.

  • Peter - 2011-11-01 11:18

    Tutu's prayers are really doing wonders!!!

  • Meryl - 2011-11-01 11:19

    The song 'Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies" comes to mind.......

  • Thulebona - 2011-11-01 11:19

    One can't help but suspect that something is brewing. Why the sudden willingness to do things, fire and suspend people? Come on Mr President, out with it, what's the plan?

      Right - 2011-11-01 11:21

      There were others that took the lion's share.

      Deon - 2011-11-01 11:53

      He will decide what happens to the report, changes are zero that he will resign or start legal procedings against himself.

  • Atholl - 2011-11-01 11:22

    If there's a possibility of a Nicholsonic Intervention then anyone would make 'representations' to testify.

  • Silvana - 2011-11-01 11:31

    Zuma said many people had the impression that "you know a lot when you know nothing". Maybe you should put Fatboy right on this one.

      Wes - 2011-11-01 11:42

      Zuma said many people had the impression that "you know a lot when you know nothing". Well he has proved it over and over again the 1st bit of truth he has ever said................

  • juan.coetzee - 2011-11-01 11:32

    After all the years that have passed since the original case, we now have an ANC lackey as head of NPA, another as Chief Justice, and one as head of police. And JZ783 gets to appoint the people doing the "investigation". Sure! We will believe what this joke of an inquiry decides - NOT.

  • Santapola - 2011-11-01 11:35

    I still believe that Zuma is down to earth kind of President and always willing to cooperate and share information..I just wish he can sort things out with Malema so that we have a peaceful country again. that is my wish

  • Brad.Kopping - 2011-11-01 11:36

    zuma is actually a really pleasant guy an i like him for that but apart from that i dislike him alot.

  • Larry - 2011-11-01 11:55

    I will bet that JZ is never called to give evidence.

      sven.gohre - 2011-11-01 12:24

      @Larry, I have the distinct feeling that he once said he wanted his day in court. Funny thing is that he went out of his way to make sure he never had to appear before a judge, making sure a "political" solution was found for his crimes. What are the bets that the same thing will happen again?

  • Brian - 2011-11-01 12:06

    Anyone heard of a golf tournament called "Medical Parole"? I believe Shaik is the favourite to win?

  • mr.louis.nel - 2011-11-01 12:15

    "Of course, anybody called will have to go to the commission to testify whatever you know and whatever you don't know..." How do you testify about things you DON'T KNOW!? Another first for ZUMA!

  • T3BZA - 2011-11-01 12:20

    It is never too late to rectify your mistakes.....

  • Malcolm - 2011-11-01 12:21

    Thozamah, People like our President, are so deep into self denial, they are even in denial about their own death. If you put a bullet through his brain, he still wouldn't believe he is dead. Personally I think that the evidence has been hidden, or Jacob simply doesn't care. Tommorrow is certainly not a thing that Africans worry about. By all accounts its only yesterday that they are aware of.

  • Aisha - 2011-11-01 12:25

    He must first tell the nation his involvement in the arms deal before testifying against other people.

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