With huge sadness and a complete submission to depression, I’m here to report that over R137 Million was spent on the arms deal inquiry which found no iota of corruption and evidence of wrongdoing on the part of the Cabinet of the day or any government official.
I know what you’re thinking, that an inquiry be set up to investigate how the R137 million was spent huh? You want Thuli Madonsela to get involved right?
In any case, a breakdown of how the many million rands was spent specified that the arms deal inquiry cost totaled R137 264 521.
R30 350 789 was spent on “compensation of employees”, R82 838 457 on “evidence leaders” and R9 780 232 spent on “forensic auditor”.
Also, R624 095 was spent on “transcription services” and R7 294 171 on “travel and subsistence”.
All those were reveled by a parliamentary reply presented by the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development to a question by Democratic Alliance MP David Maynier.
COPE’s Dennis Bloem after the arms deal inquiry report was released, questioned “why it stretched to four years when evidence of even an iota of wrongdoing was lacking.”
That, Bloem said, “is very hard to fathom. We must ask ourselves whether this commission of inquiry was not a waste of taxpayers’ money,” he remarked.
Similarly, the Fighters (EFF) were pissed when Mr President related the findings of the arms deal inquiry.
“We advise Jacob Zuma to take that arms deal report from the Seriti Commission and throw it in his fire-pool…It must be dismissed and rejected with the contempt it deserves…the EFF government will ensure that the Arms deal corruption is decisively dealt with and that all criminals involved, including Zuma, are prosecuted and sent to jail where they belong,” stated the party.
The Commission of Inquiry into the Strategic Defense Procurement Packages, commonly known as the Arms Deal Commission was chaired by Judge Willie Seriti, and was established by the President in September 2011 to investigate allegations of fraud, corruption, impropriety or irregularity in the arms procurement process.