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Arms deal: Politicians may be cross-examined

Senior politicians will be allowed to use state attorneys for free when they appear before the commission.

FILE: Senior politicians will be allowed to use state attorneys for free when they appear before the commission.  Picture: Belinda Moses/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Arms Procurement Commission says the appearance of former president Thabo Mbeki and former cabinet minister will most likely last until the end of June as they may be subjected to cross-examination by evidence leaders.

The commission on Saturday confirmed Mbeki, Trevor Manuel, Mosiuoa Lekota, Ronnie Kasrils and others will start giving evidence on their roles in the deal from 1 June.

Senior politicians will be allowed to use state attorneys for free but will have to pay for their own private legal representation.

"The dates that we have issued are not cast in stone because obviously we expect there will be people who will make applications for cross-examination."

The commission which is led by Judge Willie Seriti was set up by President Jacob Zuma in 2011.

It's aim is to investigate the controversial R70 billion South African arms deal.

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