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R2K pickets outside Seriti Commission

The Right2Know campaign has welcomed a ruling allowing it to picket outside the Seriti Commission.

Right2Know campaign welcomed a High Court ruling allowing it to picket outside the Seriti commission.

JOHANNESBURG - The Right2Know campaign welcomed a High Court ruling granting it permission to hold a picket outside the Seriti Commission of Inquiry.

The campaign brought an urgent application to the High Court in Pretoria against the Tshwane Metro Police who broke up their gathering.

The judge granted an order in favour of the campaign which restricts the police from obstructing the group.

The 1999 procurement has been widely criticised, with allegations of fraud and government officials benefiting from the deals made, leading to the formation of the Seriti Commission of Inquiry.

The campaigns Dale Mckinley said, "We're glad the court saw through that attempt and granted us our constitutional right to do so."

A dozen people wearing matching black t-shirts and placards reading "free arms deal secrets", started gathering outside the Sammy Marks Centre where the inquiry is being held.

Right2Know's Bongani Xezwi believes the commission isn't transparent and accountable to the general public.

"We need the truth to be told and find out how our money was spent. We want the judge to expose everything from the commission."

Meanwhile, former finance minister Trevor Manuel said spending in the arms deal was within the Parliament-approved budget and no separate money was allocated for the purchase.

Manuel said procuring the arms was a policy decision based on a Constitutional mandate.