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Arms deal: Mbeki takes the stand

The former president will hopefully share what he knows about the controversial deal.

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki. Picture: AFP

PRETORIA - Former President Thabo Mbeki has taken the stand before the Seriti Commission of Inquiry and will hopefully share what he knows about the multibillion rand arms deal.

President Jacob Zuma set up the commission to investigate fraud and corruption related to the controversial procurement.

Mbeki's evidence follows that of former minister of finance Trevor Manuel and defence Mosiuoa Lekota respectively.

At the time of the arms deal procurement, Mbeki was the deputy president under Nelson Mandela.

However, he chaired the cabinet committee responsible for the deal and signed off on contracts related to it.

Two days have been set down for the former president to testify.

But Eyewitness News understands he is expected to conclude after just one day.

Meanwhile, the Right 2 Know Campaign is expected to picket outside the hearing.

It believes Mbeki can provide a full account of why the country committed to a multibillion rand deal.