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Arms deal: Fana Hlongwane concludes testimony

Fana Hlongwane allegedly facilitated the transfer of R24m to secure a deal for an arms company.

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

PRETORIA - After months of waiting, controversial former arms deal consultant and defence advisor Fana Hlongwane has finally testified at the Seriti Commission of Inquiry, but with no arms deal critics to cross-examine him, the value of his contribution is being questioned.

Hlongwane, who allegedly facilitated the transfer of R24 million to secure a deal for an arms company, testified on Thursday.

President Jacob Zuma set up the arms deal commission, to investigate alleged corruption and fraud during the controversial multibillion rand deal.

Hlongwane says he has no knowledge of any untoward activity related to the arms deal because there was none.

"Accusations were made against a democratic government. Misconduct, corruption and fraud included. No evidence has been led to prove such."

Hlongwane concluded giving evidence without being cross-examined because arms deal critics pulled out of the commission in August.

The critics said they can't cooperate with an institution that is so deeply compromised that its outcome will be a cover up of the facts.

But in the absence of the critics, Hlongwane's claims of innocence and ignorance went unchallenged.