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12 Apr 2014
10:13 am

Arms deal inquiry advocate resigns

The chief evidence leader of the arms deal inquiry has unexpectedly left.

FILE PICTURE: Judge Willie Seriti at the Arms Procurement Commission Inquiry on 21 August 2013 in Pretoria. Picture: Christine Vermooten.

“We can confirm that advocate [Tayob] Aboobaker is no longer with the commission,” said William Baloyi, spokesman for the Seriti Commission of Inquiry, the Saturday Star reported.

The newspaper reported that Aboobaker’s resignation on Friday raised speculation that there were disputes within the commission particularly with Judge Willie Seriti.

Baloyi dismissed this allegation.

“…His departure was not as a result of disagreements with Judge Seriti,” he was quoted as saying.

Aboobaker declined to comment.

Originally three judges were appointed to the commission. In July last year, Judge Francis Legodi resigned.

Neither Legodi nor the commission would comment on this.

The commission is investigating allegations of corruption in the multi-billion rand arms deal. President Jacob Zuma appointed the commission in September 2011, after the Western Cape High Court was asked in 2009 to appoint an independent judicial inquiry into the deal.