Arms commission adjourns for 2013

The commission has adjourned for the year as no new witnesses are ready to testify.

The Arms Procurement Commission has adjourned for the year as no witnesses are ready to testify. Picture: Belinda Moses/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Arms Procurement Commission has adjourned for the year as no new witnesses meant to give evidence are ready to take the stand.

The commission is probing allegations of fraud and corruption linked to the multibillion rand arms deal.

It has come under scrutiny for delaying too often and not interrogating witnesses enough.

Sixteen witnesses have been on the stand at the commission since it started in August last year.

They include officials from the country's army, navy and air force as well as Armscor.

Commission spokesperson William Baloyi says, "We have to first complete the Armscor badge so that we are able to call the political heads from the department of defence. That we will only be able to do after we have exhausted the testimony of the people involved."

The new witness list will be finalised in nine days and Schabir Shaik is expected to be on it.

He was the head of acquisitions in the defence force at the time of the deal.

His lawyers have already met with evidence leaders.