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...