The report was submitted in Durban by Judge Willie Seriti who heads the Commission of Inquiry into the Strategic Defence Procurement Packages (SDPP), commonly known as the Arms Deal Commission, the presidency said in a statement.

ArmsThe commission completed its public hearings and other processes in June, and completed the report writing phase in December. It then submitted the report to the president a day before the deadline, said the statement.

Zuma expressed his gratitude to Seriti and all members of the commission for the work done in ensuring the successful conclusion of the work.

The commission was established by Zuma in September 2011 to investigate allegations of fraud, corruption, impropriety or irregularity in the arms procurement process.

The commission is investigating the multi-billion-rand arms deal of the late 1990s, when Thabo Mbeki was deputy president and later president.

The arms deal, initially estimated to cost 43 million rands, or about 2.83 million U. S. dollars, is believed to have escalated to billions of dollars to buy military equipment from Europe.

It is estimated that up to about 72 million dollars in bribes was paid.

Although several officials have been convicted for allegedly taking bribes to help land contracts, there have been calls to hunt some others off the hook.

Those convicted included Zuma’s former financial adviser Schabir Shaik, who had a tender to supply part of the arms requirements.

Shaik allegedly was found to have facilitated a bribe for Zuma who was then the Deputy President from a French arms company, which was part of the deal.

Zuma has denied connection with corruption in the deal. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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