Chippy Shaik defends his role in arms deal

The former SANDF Chief of Procurement and Acquisitions says he had no decision-making authority.

FILE: The arms deal commission underway in Pretoria. Picture: EWN.

PRETORIA - The Department of Defence's former Chief of Procurement and Acquisitions, Shamin 'Chippy' Shaik, has defended his role in the controversial multibillion rand arms deal saying he had no decision-making authority.

Shaik, who was a former member of Umkonto We Sizwe, held the position until 2002.

The arms deal took place between 1997 and 2001.

President Jacob Zuma set up the Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the controversial deal to investigate allegations of corruption.

Shaik has submitted a 651 page document which includes more than 20 annexures of meeting minutes and other documents, many of which have been dealt with by witnesses called before him.

He has empahsised that as head of procurement and acquisitions he had no decision making authority to approve or disprove any of the applicable arms programmes.

He says the final decision rested with cabinet and the then minister of Defence, Joe Modise, saying he was simply a manager of the acquisition process from within the department.

Shaik added that no adverse findings were found against him in the two previous arms deal investigations.