Erwin due to appear before Commission of Inquiry

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The Arms Procurement Commission sign is pictured on August 5, 2013 at the Pretoria Council Chamber during the opening of public hearings in an inquiry to probe long-standing allegations of fraud in SA's controversial multi-billion-dollar arms deal.

Former Trade and Industry Minister Alec Erwin is set to appear before the Commission of Inquiry into the multi-billion rand arms deal.

Erwin was heading the trade and industry department when government signed off billions of rand on arms procurement.

His testimony coincides with a damning audit report released by trade and Industry minister, Rob Davies.

The report highlights the failure of the multi-billion rand arms deal to deliver on its expected benefits.

Erwin is the first amongst a list of ministers and politicians, including former President Thabo Mbeki and minister in the presidency Trevor Manuel, who are expected to take the stand. 

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