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Poof! goes R137m’s work into the arms deal probe. This is bad ...


Poof! goes R137m’s work into the arms deal probe. This is bad news for Zuma

The high court set aside judge Seriti’s findings and neutralised one of Zuma’s key arguments


In a far-reaching and unanimous ruling, three high court judges on Wednesday effectively blotted out the work of the arms deal inquiry that exonerated ex-president Jacob Zuma, cost at least R137m and lasted four and a half years.

The High Court in Pretoria set aside findings by the inquiry that there was no evidence of corruption in the multibillion-rand arms procurement deal from the 1990s, linked to Zuma through his then financial adviser Schabir Shaik.

The judgment neutralises one of the Zuma’s key arguments in a separate court bid to permanently halt his prosecution related to the arms deal. The charges against him were reinstated last year after President Cyril Ramaphosa was elected ANC leader...

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