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De Lille wants Zuma arms deal probe

The original arms deal whistleblower says the president should still be investigated for corruption.

Original arms deal whistle-blower Patricia de Lille says President Jacob Zuma (pictured) should still be investigated for corruption. Picture: GCIS.

PRETORIA - Cape Town mayor and original arms deal whistleblower Patricia de Lille has asked the Seriti Commission of Inquiry to investigate corruption allegations against President Jacob Zuma.

De Lille started giving evidence at the commission in Pretoria today.

Zuma himself established the commission to investigate allegations of fraud and corruption relating to the controversial multibillion rand deal.

De Lille told the commission the contents of a dossier she was given in 1999 led to the conviction of Schabir Shaik and Tony Yengeni.

Shaik was Zuma's financial advisor and Yengeni was a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1994 until he resigned in March 2003 following his conviction.

De Lille said the third person implicated in the document was Zuma but, after what she described as undue influence on the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), charges were withdrawn.

The mayor wants the allegation investigated and also wants the reason for the withdrawal probed.

She said she called for a commission of inquiry as far back as 1999, based on the documents given to her by concerned African National Congress MPs.

De Lille said she has opened more than two dozen cases against other people accused of arms deal corruption and wants this commission to establish whether they were investigated.