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R2K calls for scrapping of Seriti commission

Demonstrators say taxpayers have been footing the bill for the commission for too long.

The Right to Know Campaign (R2K) has called for the scrapping of the Seriti Commission of Inquiry which is investigating the controversial arms deal. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Right to Know Campaign (R2K) has called for the scrapping of the Seriti Commission of Inquiry which is investigating the controversial arms deal.

A handful of protestors picketed outside the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development's offices in Pretoria on Monday afternoon, holding posters that said they no longer have faith in the process.

Demonstrators said taxpayers have been footing the bill for the commission for two years and there are still no answers.

The campaigns Bongani Xezwi says, "We believe that the commission is a whitewash which is not really going to give us the truth that we deserve."

The commission was set up by President Jacob Zuma in late 2011 to investigate claims of corruption in the multi-billion rand deal.

Yesterday, the _Sunday Times _newspaper reported that testimony during an arbitration hearing involving Ajay Sooklal revealed that Zuma was bribed with fancy clothes, legal fees and lavish accommodation by arms company Thales while he was facing corruption charges.

This involved the use of the code word 'Eiffel Tower' for a R500,000 a year bribe to the president for protection during the arms deal probe and to secure further business.

The Presidency says any allegations regarding the arms deal must be challenged at the Seriti Commission of Inquiry.