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'Zuma must throw the arms deal report into his fire pool'

Opposition parties have rejected the arms deal report, labelling it a ‘massive disappointment'.

EFF leader Julius Malema. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Opposition parties and critics have questioned the Seriti Commission's findings into the arms deal, saying evidence was not properly interrogated.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says labelled the findings of the arms deal inquiry a "massive disappointment", while some have rejected the commission's report.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says President Jacob Zuma should disregard the report.

Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) Chief Whip Narend Singh says there was prima facie evidence that warranted a different conclusion by the commission.

Singh says former IFP Member of Parliament (MP) Gavin Woods, who chaired Parliament's standing committee on public accounts, which first investigated allegations of impropriety around the arms deal - including claims that African National Congress (ANC) members had taken bribes.

"Justice delayed is justice denied. Many of these transactions took place almost two decades ago - and for the commission to have sat for four years, and only to have been appointed at such a late stage, brings a lot into question."

The EFF has suggested that President Zuma throw the report into his fire pool.

DA MP David Maynier, who testified before the commission, says the findings let those implicated off the hook.

"Today the expectations that those implicated in arms deal corruption, including President Zuma himself, had nothing to fear from the arms procurement commission, have been proven correct."

However, the ANC says the findings will bring an end to all claims of wrong-doing.

The commission cleared all individuals implicated in the arms deal saying no decision was tainted by fraud or corruption.

Meanwhile, the Thabo Mbeki Foundation has welcomed the release of the findings into the multi-billion rand arms deal, saying it always believed the commission's report would find no wrongdoing.

The inquiry took four years to investigate various allegations of fraud or corruption in a deal that saw government acquire billions of rand worth of arms and equipment.

The foundation's CEO Max Boqwana says, "There was absolutely no wrongdoing from our point of view, and we also didn't think that the commission would find otherwise."

President Zuma released the findings of the report into the arms deal this morning.

The deal saw government acquire billions of rands worth of arms and equipment.

Zuma says where Cabinet took decisions, they gave full reasons of the strategic nature of their decisions.

"There was no evidence that such decisions were tainted by any improper motives or criminal shenanigans."

Individuals who were implicated, and accused of being bribed, were found to be credible witnesses.

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