Arms deal deadline extended
The commission was scheduled to wrap up this month but the new deadline is November 2014.
JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has extended the dates for the Arms Procurement Commission.
The commission was meant to wrap up this month but an extension was gazetted yesterday afternoon amid criticism that it has already had too many delays.
It is probing allegations of fraud and corruption linked to the controversial arms deal, which is estimated to have cost around R70 billion.
Initially, the commission was given a budget of R40 million and a two year deadline to complete its work.
The new deadline is November next year.
Armscor witnesses are still on the stand in the first phase of the commission.
But politicians past and present are expected to testify next year including Patrica de Lille, Mosiuoa Lekota and former President Thabo Mbeki.
The commission was set up by President Jacob Zuma in 2011.
Some have criticised the inquiry, saying it is not interested in uncovering the truth in what is believed to be the biggest post-apartheid scandal.