WATCH: NGOs want Arms Deal findings reviewed, set aside

Civil society organisations are heading to court to have the Seriti commission's finding into the arms deal reviewed and set aside.

  • Editor's note: Livestream courtesy DStv 403, you can also watch it on DStv Now.

JOHANNESBURG - The Arms Deal saga continues 20-years after the fact, this time in the North Gauteng High Court.

Corruption Watch and Right 2 Know want the court to review and set aside the findings of the Seriti Inquiry.

The organisations are arguing that the commission misled the public and ignored evidence of corruption.

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The court application comes more than three years after Judge Willie Seriti, who headed the arms procurement commission inquiry, exonerated politicians of any acts of wrongdoing.

The commission was set up in 2011 by then Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Jeff Radebe.

It was at the behest of former president Jacob Zuma.

It was set up to look into allegations of fraud, corruption, impropriety or irregularity in the Strategic Defence Procurement Packages, commonly known as the Arms Deal.

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The Head of Legal and Investigation at Corruption Watch, Deborah Mutemwa-Tumbo said several key witnesses stepped aside during the inquiry in protest and their testimony was not taken into account.

Mutemwa-Tumbo said the evidence of wrong-doing in the case has always been there but the evidence was not used correctly.

On Tuesday the North Gauteng High Court will hear an application brought by NGOs Corruption Watch and Right to Know to review and set aside the findings of the Seriti Inquiry. Courtesy of #DSTV403

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