Report: Zuma allegedly asked lawyer not to testify at Seriti Commission

The Sunday Times today has reported that President Jacob Zuma allegedly tried to silence a close confidant who had "intimate knowledge" about how the President benefited from the arms deal.

The newspaper reports that explosive details of how Zuma allegedly tried to cover up his relationship with French company Thales, as well as how the company gave him hundreds of thousands of Rands in cash.

Read: Seriti Commission on arms deal - R113 million later - finds no wrongdoing

It reveals that the Pretoria lawyer, Ajay Sooklal, has filed his affidavit in support of a High Court application by Corruption Watch and the Right2Know Campaign, which are challenging the findings of the Seriti commission of inquiry into the arms deal.

Right2Know spokesperson, Murray Hunter, says the process of the arms deal commission "was an unfair process that didn't lead an adequate investigation".

Hunter says the Commission didn't cleared the answer of wrongdoing.

It's important as a matter of historical fact, but also because we are still living with the legacy of the arms deal. The huge destruction that the deal and attempts to investigate it did to our democratic institutions.

Murray Hunter, Right2Know spokesperson

We need to understand why is it that out democratic institutions have become so weak.

Murray Hunter, Right2Know spokesperson

Last year Zuma announced that the Commission found no evidence that anyone gained corruptly from the deal.

The arms deal led to the conviction of businessman Shabir Shaik.

Listen to Murray Hunter below for more details on the case...


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