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'Madikizela-Mandela blew whistle on arms deal'

Terry Crawford-Browne claims Winnie Madikizela-Mandela leaked crucial information.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Seriti Commission of Inquiry has heard that African National Congress (ANC) veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was among a group of concerned people who blew the whistle on the arms deal.

The commission was set up by President Jacob Zuma to investigate allegations of fraud and corruption in the R70 billion deal.

The multi-billion rand project is under investigation in Pretoria, but the inquiry has come under fire from activists, with Terry Crawford-Browne describing it as unconstitutional, unfair and illegal.

Crawford-Browne says ANC officials produced boxes of evidence to support allegations that the 1999 arms deal was corrupt and fraudulent.

He claims Madikizela-Mandela was one of the concerned Members of Parliament who leaked crucial information regarding the procurement contract months before it was even signed.

These documents were allegedly given to former judge Willem Heath 15 years ago.

Crawford-Browne believes there is enough evidence to prove it but says this is unlikely given the lack of political will to uncover the truth.

The commission continues.