The arms deal

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South Africa's arms deal has had a profound effect on the country, in many ways. But what was it exactly - when did it happen, and who was involved?

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The three arms deal critics had been promised that they would have access to all the documents they needed - this has not transpired and, says Hennie van Vuuren, he's done the right thing in refusing to take further part.

Arms deal critics are not the ones on trial - Corruption Watch

By Lee-Ann Alfreds He is prepared to face the consequences of his actions – which include being jailed – as he genuinely believed he had no other choice. These were the sentiments of arms deal critic Hennie van Vuuren, after he refused to testify at the Arms Procurement Commission. Explaining his decision, which sent shockwaves […]

Arms deal whistleblower Richard Young, testifying this week before the Arms Procurement Commission, has said that he knew that there was something wrong, before any contracts were awarded.

Young confident of arms commission impact - Corruption Watch

By Lee-Ann Alfreds Richard Young is nothing if not dogged. For he has been like a dog with a bone in trying to shine a light on the goings-on in South Africa’s strategic defence procurement package, better known as the arms deal. His efforts to get to the truth include successfully suing the government for […]

Whistleblower Richard Young recalled in his second day on the stand the exact moment he realised the irregularities being perpetrated in the arms deal – the beginning of July

Young: fake prices, conflict of interest, and more - Corruption Watch

By Lee-Ann Alfreds Whistleblower Richard Young recalled in his second day on the stand the exact moment he realised the irregularities being perpetrated in the arms deal – the beginning of July 1998. Testifying at the Arms Procurement Commission which is investigating allegations of fraud and corruption in South Africa’s 1999, R71-billion deal, Young – […]

The Seriti Commission has essentially turned the tables on arms deal critics, treating them as if they are the ones on trial, write Anine Kriegler and Murray Hunter.

Whistle-blowers in the hot seat at inquiry - Corruption Watch

By Anine Kriegler and Murray Hunter The arms companies have successfully avoided scrutiny at the Seriti Commission, essentially putting the whistle-blowers and critics on trial. The absence of the arms companies from the Seriti Commission is telling. The commission’s first phase was focused on the arms deal’s rationale – why the South African government bought […]

Judge Willie Seriti has been given another five months - a third extension - in which to finish investigating bribery, corruption and other acts of impropriety which are alleged to have tainted the arms deal of Give Five, Jacob Zuma, Defence Force, Third, Arms

Seriti Commission given five more months - Corruption Watch

Judge Willie Seriti has been given another five months in which to finish investigating bribery, corruption and other acts of impropriety which might have happened during the acquisition of prime mission equipment for two arms of the South African National Defence Force in 1999. President Jacob Zuma said in a statement released last Friday that, […]

Around 40 local and international organisations - Corruption Watch among them - are calling for the Arms Procurement Commission to be scrapped as concerns over its credibility ratchet up.

Arms Deal Commission must bring accountability - Corruption Watch

By Lee-Ann Alfreds Around 40 local and international organisations are calling for the Arms Procurement Commission to be scrapped as concerns over its credibility ratchet up. Corruption Watch, Lawyers for Human Rights, the Right2Know Campaign, Section27, Equal Education and the Treatment Action Campaign are among the organisations which have "lost faith" in the commission's ability to get to the bottom […]

More than 30 local social justice organisations, including Corruption Watch, have issued a joint call for real arms deal accountability.

Civil society asks for dissolution of arms commission - Corruption Watch

More than 30 local social justice organisations, including Corruption Watch, have issued a joint call for real arms deal accountability. Read their statement below: The 1999 arms deal represents up to R70-billion that should have been spent on housing, education, health and South Africa’s other pressing social needs. The arms deal corrupted our politics, weakened […]

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Van Vuuren defiant at Seriti Commission - Corruption Watch

By Lee-Ann Alfreds Hennie van Vuuren, the arms deal critic who withdrew from the Arms Procurement Commission in August, appeared before it on Monday, 20 October, as instructed. The week before, Van Vuuren told Corruption Watch that "I have been summonsed to appear on 20 October and will be at the Arms Procurement Commission at […]

In his testimony before the Seriti Commission on the arms deal, former president Mbeki suggested that a ‘facilitation commission’ is not a bribe. What is the legal distinction?

When is a bribe not a bribe? - Corruption Watch

Dear Corruption Watch, In his testimony before the Seriti Commission on the arms deal, former president Mbeki suggested that a ‘facilitation commission’ is not a bribe. What is the legal distinction? Yours Concerned Middle-Man Dear Concerned Middle-Man Former president Mbeki's testimony decidedly records that the payment of a commission, in and of itself, is not […]

Seriti Commission must be fair to both sides - Corruption Watch

Seriti Commission must be fair to both sides - Corruption Watch

Dear Corruption Watch, I have been following the Seriti Commission hearings into the arms deal and have a couple of questions: if there is general dissatisfaction with the procedures, are the process or outcomes subject to judicial review? How will the findings Judge Seriti makes be enforced? And is a commission subject to the same […]

The Seriti Commission has essentially turned the tables on arms deal critics, treating them as if they are the ones on trial, write Anine Kriegler and Murray Hunter.

Whistle-blowers in the hot seat at inquiry - Corruption Watch

By Anine Kriegler and Murray Hunter The arms companies have successfully avoided scrutiny at the Seriti Commission, essentially putting the whistle-blowers and critics on trial. The absence of the arms companies from the Seriti Commission is telling. The commission’s first phase was focused on the arms deal’s rationale – why the South African government bought […]

Formally known as the Strategic Defence Package, the arms deal, to use its notorious nickname, was a multi-billion-rand military acquisition project finalised in 1999 by the South African government.

The arms deal - new mini-site - Corruption Watch

Formally known as the Strategic Defence Package, the arms deal, to use its notorious nickname, was a multi-billion-rand military acquisition project finalised in 1999 by the South African government. Get all the background information on our new mini-site, and follow the Seriti Commission as it probes allegations of corruption.

The results of the final report of the Arms Procurement Commission have been revealed. The commission found no evidence of corruption or wrongdoing during the controversial bidding process for South Africa’s arms procurement deal. South Africa, Fighter Jets, Arms, Hunting

Arms deal all above board, says commission - Corruption Watch

The results of the final report of the Arms Procurement Commission have been revealed – there was no evidence of corruption or wrongdoing during the bidding for South Africa’s arms procurement deal. This result shows how deeply the process was compromised, said Corruption Watch.

Fana Hlongwane – the arms deal playboy known by the nickname of “Styles” – is set to take the stand at the Arms Procurement Commission to answer to allegations of backhanders and corruption.

Arms deal's Hlongwane to testify today - Corruption Watch

Fana Hlongwane – the arms deal playboy known by the nickname of “Styles” – is set to take the stand at the Arms Procurement Commission to answer to allegations of backhanders and corruption. The one-time advisor to former defence minister Joe Modise is accused by arms critics of having made hundreds of millions from the arms deal for “consultancy services”.

Chippy Shaik's testimony full of denials - Corruption Watch

Chippy Shaik's testimony full of denials - Corruption Watch

By Lee-Ann Alfreds Chippy Shaik, the former Department of Defence chief of acquisitions whom arms critics believe was central to the subversion and manipulation of South Africa’s controversial 1999 arms deal, has denied any wrongdoing. Testifying at the Arms Procurement Commission last week, Shaik insisted he had not: *acted inappropriately to ensure his fraudster […]

The Seriti Commission has essentially turned the tables on arms deal critics, treating them as if they are the ones on trial, write Anine Kriegler and Murray Hunter.

The arms deal - analysis and updates - Corruption Watch

The first phase of the two-man Arms Procurement Commission, or the Seriti Commission, started on 20 January and was meant to wrap up in May with the testimony of former president Thabo Mbeki, but his appearance was postponed because of his mother’s death. Phase two of the commission started on 21 July. Under the guidance […]