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Arms deal probe an 'outright farce'

Terry Crawford-Browne says there is no shortage of evidence of corruption associated with the arms deal.

FILE: Arms deal activist Terry Crawford-Browne is seen at the Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the arms deal in Pretoria on Tuesday, 20 August 2013. Picture: Sapa.

PRETORIA - Arms deal activist Terry Crawford-Browne says there is no shortage of evidence of corruption associated with the multi-billion rand arms deal but any proof is overshadowed by a "complete lack of political will" by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the Seriti Commission of Inquiry.

Crawford-Browne started testifying at the inquiry in Pretoria on Monday following his criticism of the probe, which he's labelled an "outright farce".

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.

In his written testimony, Crawford-Browne states that it's the commission's work to test evidence brought to its attention and cannot be left up to the critics.

He said former President Thabo Mbeki was sacked at a result of the arms procurement process after media reports surfaced about a British security group Control Risks Group.

This report alleged German company Ferrostaal also paid a bribe of R30 million to Mbeki of which R2 million appeared in Zuma's bank account and the remaing R28 million was paid into the African National Congress (ANC)'s account.

Crawford-Browne says ANC whistle-blowers have already produced boxes of documents to support allegations of corruption and fraud.