Corruption Watch tells court arms deal report is unreliable

Corruption Watch has argued in the Pretoria High Court that the Seriti Commission must be set aside as high profile politicians implicated in the controversial arms deal were left off the hook easily.

The rights' group wants the court to review and set aside the findings of the Seriti Commission of inquiry into the arms deal.

Read: 'Application to set Seriti Commission findings aside important for rule of law'

Eyewitness News reporter Clement Manyathela who is covering the case, speaks to Nickolaus Bauer on the Xolani Gwala Show.

There are several points that the Corruption Watch's legal counsel advocate Geoff Budlender has relied on in trying to argue for the findings of that commission to be set aside. One of them is that there was a failure to test the evidence of crucial witnesses.

Clement Manyathela, Reporter - EWN

He adds that the legal counsel also argued that there was a failure to test the evidence presented before the commission.

They are saying that some reports spoke about some inflow of millions of rands into the country and there was an indication that the money headed to people involved in government and no attempts made by the commission to investigate how this money benefitted those politicians.

Clement Manyathela, Reporter - EWN

Manyathela adds that Corruption Watch's legal counsel has made it clear that they do not want another commission, however, they say they want the Seriti Commission's report should not be allowed to stand as it doesn't meet its requirements for legalities.

They are saying no one must place their reliance on the Seriti Commission's findings.

Clement Manyathela, Reporter - EWN

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