Arms deal evidence will be made public

The commission probing corruption into the arm deals says findings will be public.

The arms deal dossier by politician Patricia De Lille. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Arms Deal Commission of Inquiry on Thursday said it will release all evidence that has a bearing on its findings.

But people giving evidence can keep their identities a secret.

The commission also appointed a new team of evidence leaders after advocates Vas Soni and Sthembiso Mdladla resigned.

According to the commission, if any witness does not want to be identified, officials will make a decision based on that person's reasoning.

But the evidence that a person submits will be made public.

Inquiry chairperson Judge Willie Seriti said the committee does not yet have the power to subpoena people in its quest to gather information.

"Nobody has told us that the information we require is classified. In our letter, we say give us all the information that relates to the circumstances."

Seriti said officials wrote to all institutions that investigated the deal, to ask for information.

Late in 2011, President Jacob Zuma launched the inquiry to investigate claims of corruption in the multibillion-rand deal.

The transaction was signed back in 1999.