Arms deal inquiry draining resources

The Justice Ministry says the inquiry into the arms deal is draining ministry resources.

Members of Parliament in a sitting. Picture: Sapa

CAPE TOWN - The Justice Ministry on Wednesday said the commission of inquiry into the arms deal was diverting much-needed resources from the department's core functions.

Justice director general Nonkululeko Sindane revealed to the parliamentary portfolio committee while unveiling their annual report on Wednesday.

Sindane said the arms deal probe was taking a lot of energy from the department.

While it was appointed by the Presidency, the ministry is responsible for running the commission.

Sindane stressed it had diverted the department's attention and funds from its core function.

Her comment solicited a few raised eyebrows from opposition MPs.

The inquiry will cost around R40 million.

Sindane lamented ministry budget cuts were making it difficult for them to do their jobs, but she assured the committee service delivery in court was improving.