Arms deal inquiry: De Lille to testify

Patricia de Lille is considered to be the original whistleblower of the controversial arms deal.

Patricia de Lille is considered to be the original whistleblower of the controversial arms deal. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

PRETORIA - Arms deal whistleblower and former Independent Democrats leader Patricia de Lille is expected to take the stand when the Seriti Commission of Inquiry starts the second phase of hearings today.

President Jacob Zuma set up the commission to investigate irregularities related to the multibillion rand procurement.

De Lille is considered the original whistleblower after lifting the lid on the corruption allegations when she was a Pan Africanist Congress Member of Parliament.

She has led a call for the arms deal to be investigated since she made the revelations public 15 years ago.

The second phase of hearings deals with people making allegations of corruption, as well as those implicated in it.

Arms deal campaigner Richard Young was scheduled to testify on Monday, but stated in a letter from his attorney that he had recently undergone eye surgery.

The Democratic Alliance's David Maynier is expected to take the stand tomorrow.