Lekota criticised for Arms Deal comments

Deputy Justice Minister Andries Nel says the probe into the Arms Deal is still on track.

Deputy Justice Minister Andries Nel says the probe into the Arms Deal is still on track.

CAPE TOWN - Deputy Justice Minister Andries Nel on Wednesday made reassurances that the Arms Deal probe is still on track and will not be derailed.

There have been reports in recent weeks of the investigation into the multibillion rand arms procurement package being marred by problems.

More recently, it was claimed that no evidence of wrongdoing by ANC officials emerged.

But the commission has denied the allegations.

Nel dismissed accusations by Congress of the People (Cope) leader Mosioua Lekota, that ANC officials were being protected.

"We find it shocking that the honourable Lekota will stand here and make a call that undermines the independence of the commission."

The deputy minister added Lekota's comments were regrettable, saying aspersions were cast upon senior judges as a result of the statements.