Reporting to President may cause conflict of interest, S. Africa’s Arms deal commission told - CNBC Africa

Reporting to President may cause conflict of interest, S. Africa’s Arms deal commission told

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De Lille is however concerned that the commission will have to report to President Zuma every six months, which could possibly cause a conflict of interest due to the allegations contained in her dossier.  

The dossier de Lille presented to parliament 15 years ago led to the conviction of businessman Shabir Shaik and former ANC Chief Tony Yengeni in separate cases related to the arms deal.

“The commission should at the end of its lifespan make their recommendations and findings and only then release a report to President Zuma, especially since there are allegations contained in the dossier that I presented to parliament,” de Lille, mayor of Cape Town, told CNBC Africa.

“But I think we need to give them a chance. We have waited so long for this commission,” 

This follows President Jacob Zuma’s decision not to replace Judge Francis Legodi, who resigned from the commission last week. Zuma announced on Tuesday that the arms procurement commission should continue with just two members who will be responsible for overseeing all proceedings.

This does however mean that the commission will not meet the legal minimum requirements, set by President Zuma in 2011, of having three members. The commission now composes of Justice Willie Seriti as its chairperson and Justice Thekiso Musi as a member.

“It’s only President Zuma that can appoint another judge which he has refused to do because if he feels they can proceed without a third judge then it’s his prerogative to do so,” de Lille said.

She also stated that the commission should be allowed to do its work in an open and transparent manner so that it will be easier to monitor their findings.

De Lille is however concerned that the commission will have to report to President Zuma every six months, which could possibly cause a conflict of interest due to the allegations contained in her dossier.  

The dossier de Lille presented to parliament 15 years ago led to the conviction of businessman Shabir Shaik and former ANC Chief Tony Yengeni in separate cases related to the arms deal.

“The commission should at the end of its lifespan make their recommendations and findings and only then release a report to President Zuma, especially since there are allegations contained in the dossier that I presented to parliament,” de Lille concluded.

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