SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT RECEIVES FINAL REPORT ON 1999 ARMS DEAL

South African President Jacob Zuma has received the final report from the Commission of Inquiry into the 1999 Strategic Defence Procurement Packages (SDPP), commonly known as the Arms Deal Commission.

The President received the report in Durban on Wednesday from Judge Willie Seriti, accompanied by Judge Thekiso Musi, a member of the Commission.

The Commission, chaired by Judge Seriti, was established by the President in September 2011 to investigate allegations of fraud, corruption, impropriety or irregularity in the arms procurement process.

President Zuma expressed his gratitude to Judge Seriti and all members of the Commission for the work done in ensuring the successful conclusion of the work of the Commission.

The President also thanked all witnesses who participated in the Commission and who have contributed to its success.

(Eds note: The Defence Department’s SDPP aimed to modernise its defence equipment, which included the purchase of corvettes, submarines, light utility helicopters, lead-in fighter trainers and advanced light fighter aircraft at a cost of 30 billion Rand).

SOURCE: SABC