Arms deal critic Van Vuuren says Seriti report 'is certainly a whitewash'

After four years of investigation of possible bribery and corruption in the arms deal, the Seriti Commission of Inquiry did not find any evidence of bribery or corruption in the procurement process of the equipment.

This was in a report presented by President Jacob Zuma to the citizens of South Africa.

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe later said that government welcomes the findings of the commission and feels vindicated by them.

CapeTalks John Maytham spoke to Hennie van Vuuren, Seniour Research Associate at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation.

Listen to the full conversation below:

I think this is certainly a whitewash in many ways and the worst part about this is that we’ve seen it coming for some time.

Hennie van Vuuren, Seniour Research Associate at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation

The reason for myself, Andrew Feinstein, Paul Holden and researchers working with the commission to withdraw and refuse to testify … was because we saw the cover-up happening. We saw that evidence was not being considered which was in front of the commission that pointed precisely to this kind of corruption we speaking about.

Hennie van Vuuren, Seniour Research Associate at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation

We don’t want to see state institutions fail the people of South Africa but what we have seen today is precisely that

Hennie van Vuuren, Seniour Research Associate at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation
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