Arms deal commission set to start in August

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The commission of inquiry into allegations of fraud and corruption in South Africa’s multi-billion arms deal is set to start on August 5, the commission has confirmed.

“A comprehensive statement will be issued either tomorrow [Friday] or on Saturday,” spokesman William Baloyi told Sapa today.

This would include the names of those set to testify.

Twelve whistleblowers were initially called to testify in the first round of hearings on March 4. These were postponed because the commission was not ready.

In a statement at the time, the commission said the hearings would run up to the end of November this year.

Today, Baloyi said the commission – which is chaired by Supreme Court of Appeal Judge Willie Seriti – had “applied for an extension” beyond the end of this year.

The commission was appointed by President Jacob Zuma. Its terms of reference were announced by Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Jeff Radebe in October 2011.

In January this year, the commission’s senior investigator, Norman Moabi, resigned, accusing the commission of having a “double agenda”.

This was strongly denied by the commission.

It is understood the commission will sit at the Sammy Marks Conference Centre in Pretoria.

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