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Two more arms deal critics refuse to testify

Two London-based critics won't testify at the Seriti commission of inquiry, despite the commission saying that it will reissue their subpoenas.

Arms deal critics face criminal action if they shun Seriti

The Seriti Commission has dismissed "baseless and malicious assertions" that it is a cover-up, and began issuing subpoenas to three of its critics.

Did Parliament really sign off on the arms deal?

Expectations will be high as ex-DA MP Raenette Taljaard testifies on whether the House was undermined to ensure there was no probe into the arms deal.

Arms deal critics accuse commission of holding up process

Arms deal critics represented by Lawyers for Human Rights have accused the Seriti commission of making it impractical to cross-examine key witnesses.

Arms deal critics: Seriti commission must continue

Arms deal activists say the commission must be allowed to complete its mandate as anything less would be a "betrayal of the South African public".

Arms deal postponement exposes commission’s flaws

The commission has not declassified all the documents before it, and legal teams are still not given adequate time to prepare for cross-examinations.

Arms deal commission hearing ‘one-sided’ evidence, say ‘critics’

Arms deal commission critics say government witnesses are not being cross-examined, leading to one-sided evidence before the inquiry.

The arms deal commission’s crumbling credibility

What is meant to be a public process may end up behind closed doors as documents at the commission have not been declassified, adding to its problems.

Arms commission witness lashes Seriti over ANC claims

Arms procurement commission witness Terry Crawford-Browne says claims that the ANC is not implicated in corruption are "disingenuous".

Mixed reactions on arms deal terms of reference

The terms of reference for the arms deal inquiry commission have been praised as broad, while at the same time criticised as not broad enough.

Alarm bells sound for democracy

The tepid statement made by the Hawks reveals the pitfalls of creeping hegemonic power.

We need justice, not amnesty

Partly prompted by Andrew Feinstein, there appears to be influential support for an amnesty-based approach to dealing with the unresolved questions of the arms deal. This idea should be nipped in the bud. It has a superficial attraction, but it is ill-conceived. This country has had enough amnesty; it is time for some justice, writes Richard Calland.

Fishing for clues in the ruling party’s stream

At last Mark Gevisser's long-awaited biography of Thabo Mbeki is out. For a project that began in 1999 and took eight years to complete, the title <i>The Dream Deferred</i> seems especially apt. As a subject, Mbeki is a walking "writer's block". Not only is he a densely complex person, as the book confirms, but he shimmers in the light, making it all but impossible to have a single thesis to explain the man.

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