- Minister Patricia de Lille is adamant that SA's R60 billion 'corrupt arms deal' opened the gates for corruption
- De Lille blew the whistle on the dodgy deal, which dates back two decades ago
- The GOOD party leader insists that the Seriti Commission only aimed to please Jacob Zuma
The R60 billion deal which went on to necessitate the Seriti Commission has been dubbed a 'whitewash' by Minister Patricia de Lille.
Briefly.co.za reported yesterday that the High Court had set aside the inquiry's report, with the judge finding that truth had not been on the agenda when Judge Willie Seriti had set out to investigate.
De Lille agrees with this, taking to social media to say that she had been 'vindicated' by the ruling, commenting that:
"I have been vindicated. In April 2016, I said that the #Seriti Commission’s #ArmsDeal “findings” was no surprise and an utter waste of taxpayers’ money. The Seriti Commission was a whitewash and the outcome was decided long before the Commission started."
The leader of the GOOD party insists that the inquiry's objective was not to uncover the web of corruption surrounding the deal, but had aimed to give former president Jacob Zuma what he wanted:
"Judge Seriti only had to design a process to get a predetermined outcome – to give former President Jacob Zuma what he wanted."
The inquiry came with a steep R140 million price tag, and De Lille feels that if the truth had been established all those years ago, state capture and corruption would not have escalated to the levels we witness today in South Africa:
"Among our biggest mistakes has been our failure to bring crooks in the State system to book. It begun with the arms deal. Had we drawn a legal line in the sand and slammed the door on corruption 20 years ago we would have prevented much of the looting of the State that followed."
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