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Arms inquiry advocates removed

The reasons for the removal of two advocates in the arms deal inquiry remains unknown.

The arms deal dossier. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Arms Procurement Commission on Thursday confirmed that two of the three advocates responsible for leading and assessing evidence in the Arms Deal have been removed.

The arms inquiry was set up by President Jacob Zuma in October 2011.

It is chaired by Judge Willie Seriti.

The inquiry is meant to probe allegations of corruption in the strategic arm procurement deal in 1999.

It has emerged that advocates Vas Soni and Sthembiso Mdladla will no longer be part of the commission.

The commission's spokesperson William Baloyi said they could not reveal the reasons for Soni and Mdladla's departure.

The Financial Mail reported the pair were removed following a vetting process.

It emerged that Soni previously did work for French arms company Thint.

It is alleged Mdladla failed to finalise an inquiry into policing in KwaZulu-Natal seven years ago.

Two weeks ago, the commission's secretary Mvuseni Ngubane was found dead in an apparent suicide.