Arms Deal

Obama, Netanyahu eye arms deal to mend ties

Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu will hold a post-row summit on Monday, hoping a massive 10 year defense deal will help them move beyond a bitter public fight that shook a decades-old alliance. After acerbic clashes over the U.S.-backed nuclear deal with Iran, the two leaders will discuss a deal[…]

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Young to testify at arms inquiry

Arms deal critic and losing bidder Richard Young is expected to testify on Thursday at the Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the 1999 arms deal. Young’s testimony was postponed on Wednesday to Thursday after lawyers for the defence department complained they had not received adequate copies of Young’s testimony. In[…]

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Arms deal critic to testify

Arms deal critic and losing bidder Richard Young is expected to testify on Wednesday at the Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the 1999 arms deal. Young failed to appear at the inquiry on two previous occasions. In February, the commission adjourned after Young asked it to postpone his appearance to[…]

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Arms deal middleman quizzes inquiry

A middleman in the 1999 multi-billion rand arms procurement deal on Thursday told the Seriti Commission of Inquiry he failed to understand why he had been called to testify. “Why am I here?” Fana Hlongwana asked the commission. He said he did not understand why there was an issue over[…]

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Joe Modise’s advisor to testify at arms deal enquiry

Fana Hlongwane, who served as an arms consultant and adviser to late defence minister Joe Modise, is set to testify before the Seriti Commission of Inquiry on Monday. According to the commission’s website, Navy official Admiral Alan Green and Chief Director at the Department of Trade and Industry, Masizakhe Zimela[…]

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Chippy Shaik to testify at arms deal commission

Shamin “Chippy” Shaik, the chief of acquisitions for the SANDF during the arms deal period, is expected to testify before the Seriti Commission of Inquiry on Monday. Shaik’s testimony has been scheduled to last the whole week at the commission’s public hearings into alleged corruption in the multi-billion rand arms[…]

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‘De Lille built career on arms deal’

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille used a “bizarre” document, the so-called De Lille dossier, to advance her career, the Seriti Commission of Inquiry heard on Thursday. The claim was made in an e-mail written by arms deal critic Terry Crawford-Browne to journalist Yazeed Kamaldien on Thursday morning. “Dear Yazeed.[…]

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Arms enquiry cautions detractors

The Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the 1999 arms deal hit back at its detractors on Thursday, warning that insults against it were “criminal”. Commission spokesman William Baloyi said in a statement: “The Commission wishes to caution members of the public and interested parties that it is a criminal offence[…]

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Seriti Commission ‘a farce’: Activist

New allegations have emerged further implicating President Jacob Zuma in the controversial arms deal. An exposé released over the weekend has suggested that Zuma accepted a R500 000 a year bribe, put forward by French arms group Thales. The reported deal, involving the use of the code word ‘Eiffel Tower’,[…]

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De Lille denies disclosing source

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille on Thursday denied disclosing to the media the source of a dossier alleging corruption in the multi-billion rand arms deal. Jennifer Cane, for the department of defence, asked De Lille if she was familiar with a newspaper article in which it was reported that[…]

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