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Arms deal critics welcome affidavit into Zuma revelations

In his affidavit, lawyer Ajay Sooklal explains how the ANC was given €1 million by Thales and how Zuma was given €25,000 in cash.

President Jacob Zuma addressing Freedom Day celebrations in Manguzi on 27 April 2017. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG – Arms deal critics have welcomed an affidavit by lawyer Ajay Sooklal detailing alleged corruption between President Jacob Zuma and a French arms company.

Sooklal claims that arms manufacturer Thales gave Zuma money on a continuous basis because they believed he would win the African National Congress (ANC)’s Polokwane leadership conference.

Last year, the Seriti Commission found that there was no corruption in the controversial arms deal.

In his affidavit, Sooklal explains how the ANC was given €1 million by Thales and how Zuma was given €25,000 in cash.

He also explains that in his view, Zuma was obviously conflicted when it came to the establishment of the arms deal commission and thus it was tainted from the very beginning.

Open Secret’s Hennie van Vuuren says this shows how Judge Willie Seriti’s arms deal commission was seriously flawed.

“This commission didn’t consider evidence, didn’t consider the evidence of powerful concerning the role of corporations and the role of the politicians such as Jacob Zuma.”

In his papers, Sooklal also says he’s coming forward now because of a speech given by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)