Arms deal cover up an early example of state capture - corruption expert

Civil society and corruption researcher and activist, Hennie van Vuuren, says he supports the decision to approach the court to set aside findings of the Seriti Commission on the grounds that it failed to follow correct procedure.

Right to Know Campaign (R2K) and Corruption Watch have lodged papers in the Pretoria High Court to seek a review of the Commission's arms deal findings.

Earlier this year President Jacob Zuma announced that the Commission found no evidence that anyone gained corruptly from the deal.

The arms deal led to the conviction of businessman Shabir Shaik.

There was a real opportunity for the Commission to be able to fully investigate the deal. The great opportunity was missed at massive cost. I think it really covered up one of the earliest examples of state capture in a free democratic South Africa.

Hennie van Vuuren, civil society researcher and activist

Listen to the audio below to hear more of van Vuuren arguments on arms deal...

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