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Seriti commission: Aboobaker's resignation won't affect commission

William Baloyi denied Tayob Aboobaker's departure had to do with a perceived fallout with Willie Seriti.

William Baloyi denied Tayob Aboobaker's departure had to do with a perceived fallout with Willie Seriti. Picture: Belinda Moses/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Seriti Commission of Inquiry says the resignation of the chief evidence leader Tayob Aboobaker will not affect its work or public hearings being held in Pretoria.

The commission was appointed by President Jacob Zuma to investigate the procurement of arms from French, British and Swedish countries by former President Thabo Mbeki's administration.

The arms deal cost South Africa billions of rand and many of the so-called benefits of the deal haven't materialised.

The commission's spokesperson William Baloyi says Aboobaker resigned two months ago but because there are nine other evidence leaders, the commission's work will go ahead.

"The team he was paired with will continue their work so it has no impact at all."

Baloyi denied that Aboobaker's departure had anything to do with a perceived fallout judge Willie Seriti.

The spokesperson says the public hearings are being held in Centurion and will go ahead as planned until the end of the year.