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The recent arms deal judgment will have implications for commissions of inquiry going forward. In a precedent-setting judgment, the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria set aside the findings of the 2015 Seriti commission report into the billion-rand arms deal.
The DA has welcomed the High Court judgment on the Seriti commission, saying that the arms deal commission was never set up to investigate the truth, but only to clear the names of those implicated.
The decision by the court on the Seriti commission is the result of tireless efforts by civil society. It shows that impunity and cover-ups do not work, write Andrew Feinstein, Paul Holden and Hennie van Vuuren.
Patricia de Lille, who first blew the whistle on the arms deal, believes the Gauteng High Court judgment setting aside the findings of the Seriti commission is evidence that the rule of law still prevails.
It is now safe to say that Seriti's inquiry was a whitewash and probably designed to be that way from the start, when former president Jacob Zuma – who himself benefited from the deal – appointed Seriti.
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