Former advisor denies involvement in arms deal

It's claimed Fana Hlongwane facilitated the transfer of R24m to secure a deal for an arms firm.

Former arms deal consultant and defence advisor, Fana Hlongwane, testified at the Seriti Commission of Inquiry on 11 December 2014. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Former arms deal consultant and defence advisor Fana Hlongwane has denied any involvement in or knowledge of corrupt activities relating to the controversial arms deal.

Hlongwane, who allegedly facilitated the transfer of R24 million to secure a deal for an arms company, started giving evidence today.

President Jacob Zuma set up the Seriti Commission of Inquiry to investigate the deal.

Hlongwane has denied paying any gratification to any person involved in the arms procurement process in order to influence anyone.

He said he had no knowledge of any other person paying gratifications to influence the awarding of contracts, and that he knew of no person who received a gratification.

Hlongwane added that he did not participate in the decision-making process, and was in any event not in a position to influence decisions.

He said there were a number of investigations by governmental agencies locally and abroad, none of which produced evidence against him.

Hlongwane confirmed he was paid commission for his work, as per the agreed-upon contracts.

Earlier today he abandoned his application to have the media prohibited from taking photos of him during his testimony at the inquiry.