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Seriti Commission to hear more evidence from Crawford-Browne

Yesterday, Crawford-Browne told the inquiry the arms deal was a failure from the beginning.

Anti-arms deal activist Terry Crawford-Browne. Picture: Sapa.

PRETORIA - The Seriti Commission of Inquiry is expected to hear more evidence from activist Terry Crawford-Browne this morning about why he believes the arms deal was fraudulent and unconstitutional.

Yesterday, Crawford-Browne told the inquiry the multi-billion rand arms procurement contract was a failure from the beginning.

President Jacob Zuma established the inquiry to investigate allegations of fraud and corruption relating to the controversial multibillion rand deal.

The deal saw government spend billions of rand on military equipment under a cloud of suspicion.

Crawford-Browne said as minister of finance at the time, Trevor Manuel, had the constitutional obligation to investigate allegations of bribery and corruption.

But he said instead, Manuel engaged in a cover-up of corruption and fraud.

"Although there were allegations of corruption, he and his colleagues did absolutely nothing to try to investigate them."

He said the arms deal is still an issue despite efforts by government to suppress it.

Crawford-Browne added the controversies surrounding the arms deal can only disappear once it's thoroughly dealt with.