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Former arms deal consultant 'willing to cooperate'

Fana Hlongwane’s lawyer says his legal team were not properly notified of the dates of the proceedings.

FILE: President Zuma set up the Arms Deal Inquiry to investigate alleged corruption and fraud during the controversial multi-billion-rand arms deal. Picture: EWN.

PRETORIA - Former defence advisor Fana Hlongwane's legal representative says his client is ready and willing to assist the Arms Deal Inquiry despite his no-show today.

President Jacob Zum a set up the inquiry to investigate alleged corruption and fraud during the controversial multi-billion-rand arms deal.

Hlongwane,who allegedly facilitated the transfer of R24 million to secure a deal for one company, was expected to start giving evidence today.

Advocate Francois van Zyl said Hlongwane and his legal team were not properly notified of the dates of the proceedings but his client is ready to assist the commission.

"He indicated wants to cooperate and give evidence. We've arranged for the commission to provide us with a list of documents they intend to use and a draft statement will be provided."

It's understood the Hlonhwane asked Judge Willie Seriti to prevent the media from taking photographs or video of him during his testimony.

The former arms consultant will have to launch that application when he appears at the commission on 11 December and provide good reason why no the judge should prevent the media from taking his picture or filming.