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Armscor: No arms deal tampering

The Seriti Commission of Inquiry heard that deals were well managed to avoid corruption.

FILE: One of the submarines acquired by government in the arms deal.

PRETORIA - The Seriti Commission of Inquiry on Monday heard more about the terms and conditions of the arms deal.

President Jacob Zuma set up the hearing to investigate allegations of fraud and corruption in the multi-billion rand project.

Armaments Corporation of South Africa (Armscor) officials took to the stand on Monday, saying everything was done properly to make sure no tampering took place.

The hearing heard four offers were made by bidders for the submarine contract.

Officials maintain every offer was considered, including cost, performance and detailed specifications.

Armscor project manager Rob Vermeulen told evidence leaders that in some parts of the deal, only relevant, senior people were in the know.

He is now taking the commission through the value systems that were used to pick the winner of the bid.

Earlier on Monday, there was a small snag over the classification of documents but this was later lifted.

Vermeulen says the deal happened long ago and won't affect any diplomatic ties with countries which lost out.

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