The arms deal

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?
Arms deal critic Hennie van Vuuren is firmly convinced that he's done the right thing in refusing to take further part in the Seriti Commission.

Arms deal critic Hennie van Vuuren is firmly convinced that he's done the right thing in refusing to take further part in the Seriti Commission.

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.

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.

For years Richard Young has worked to expose the corruption that he believes lies at the heart of South Africa's multi-billion-rand arms deal. Tomorrow he takes the stand at the Arms Procurement Commission, which is tasked with probing allegations of fraud and corruption in the deal.

For years Richard Young has worked to expose the corruption that he believes lies at the heart of South Africa's multi-billion-rand arms deal. Tomorrow he takes the stand at the Arms Procurement Commission, which is tasked with probing allegations of fraud and corruption in the deal.

Those who have sought to help the Seriti Commission by bringing evidence of wrongdoing to its attention, have been treated as if they are the subject of the probe, while those who should be answering questions are not required to do so, write Anine Kriegler and Murray Hunter.

Those who have sought to help the Seriti Commission by bringing evidence of wrongdoing to its attention, have been treated as if they are the subject of the probe, while those who should be answering questions are not required to do so, write Anine Kriegler and Murray Hunter.

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 1999.

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 1999.

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.

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.

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

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

When arms deal critic Hennie van Vuuren appeared before the Seriti Commission on Monday, 20 October, as instructed, he refused to take the oath, and said he would not testify.

When arms deal critic Hennie van Vuuren appeared before the Seriti Commission on Monday, 20 October, as instructed, he refused to take the oath, and said he would not testify.

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?

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?

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 considerations of fairness as a court?

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 considerations of fairness as a court?

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