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‘Arms deal outcomes were pre-determined & designed to protect Zuma’

Original whistle-blower Patricia De Lille says she is not surprised by the commission’s findings.

Patricia De Lille says the Arms Deal findings were 'predetermined'. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Original whistle-blower in the arms deal saga, Patricia De Lille, says the outcome of the commission of inquiry was 'pre-determined and designed to protect President Jacob Zuma'.

Judge Willie Seriti was appointed by Zuma to probe allegations of corruption in the multi-billion rand arms procurement deal in 1999.

The investigation itself, which took four years to complete, cost R110 million.

Zuma announced the Seriti commission's findings this morning, saying it found no evidence of bribery or corruption in the procurement process.

De Lille says she's not surprised.

"With due respect to Judge Willie Seriti, this outcome that we saw today was decided long before the commission started. The only thing the judge had to do was design a process to get a predetermined outcome."

Anti-arms deal critic Terry Crawford-Browne agrees.

"The report is, as we very much anticipated, a further cover up of the arms deal."

Meanwhile, the ANC has welcomed the commission's findings, saying it hopes the report will bring an end to all claims of wrongdoing.

Party spokesperson Zizi Kodwa says, "We welcome the release of the report and findings. It brings an end to almost two decades of investigation. We hope that even those that were given an opportunity, will accept the findings and close the chapter."