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Corruption Watch to closely monitor large procurement deals

The organisation says it will keep an eye on procurement deals, following findings by the Seriti Commission.

Corruption Watch logo. Picture: Corruption Watch.

JOHANNESBURG - Corruption Watch says it will be closely monitoring large procurement deals in the future, saying the Seriti Commission's mandate and findings are flawed.

This week, President Jacob Zuma addressed the nation, outlining the commission's findings after a four-year investigation into a deal which saw government acquiring billions of rands worth of arms and equipment.

The commission found no evidence of fraud or corruption, clearing all individuals implicated.

Corruption Watch's David Lewis says this is highly unlikely.

"There have been two criminal findings by courts of law in relation to corruption in arms deal, there've been findings internationally and admissions internationally."

'WHITEWASH'

Opposition parties have described the Seriti Commission's findings as a whitewash with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) calling on Zuma to reject the report entirely.

While the African National Congress (ANC) has welcomed the commission's findings, opposition parties have lashed out saying the inquiry was a waste of tax payers' money.

The EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said there's no way that the commission didn't find evidence of wrong doing.

"Individuals like Tony Yengeni and Schabir Shaik had been found guilty in relation of course to the arms deal, so this report must be rejected and President Zuma must be advised to go and throw it in the fire pool."

He said, with the likes of Shaik and Yengeni being found guilty of corruption, the commission cannot find that there was no wrongdoing.

"We must be worried that in general, commissions of inquiries appointed by Zuma always exonerate himself and the executive."

Initial whistle-blower Patricia de Lille agreed.

"It was just designed to protect one individual, President Zuma."