SA judge overturns former inquiry that found no corruption in arms deal

In a ruling that could have major repercussions for Jacob Zuma in the controversial multibillion-Rand arms deal of the late ’90s, a judge at the Gauteng High Court  set aside the R140 million, four-year Seriti inquiry, which found that there was no corruption in the arms deal.

The commission, set up in 2011 by former president Zuma and  chaired by Judge Willie Seriti,who said he found no evidence of corruption in the deal, worth an estimated R30 billion, in which the government entered into contracts with several European defense companies in 1999.

Judge President Dunstan Mlambo this week said it was clear the commission had failed to inquire fully into the matters  it had to investigate.

Zuma once again faces 16 charges of fraud, racketeering and money laundering relating to the deal. The charges were originally filed in 2008 but then set aside by the National Prosecuting Authority shortly before he successfully ran for president in 2009, Reuters reported last year.

Sources: Reuters, SA (edited for style and shortened).

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