Monday, September 19, 2011

Ngcobo’s link to arms deal probe dismissed

By Lelethu Mquqo
19 September 2011


The Justice Department says reports that President Jacob Zuma favours former chief justice Sandile Ngcobo to head the commission of inquiry into the controversial arms deal are merely media speculation.

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe's spokesperson Tlali Tlali says Zuma has given no such indication.

The President is in New York where he will address the General Assembly of the United Nations on Wednesday.

He is expected to announce the commission’s chairperson and the terms of reference on his return.

The Law Society has meanwhile welcomed Zuma's decision to appoint the commission of inquiry.

The Society says it agrees with the President that closure on the subject will be in the public interest.

It urged Zuma to appoint a formal commission of inquiry to ensure that it had the necessary powers, legal standing and funding to carry out the inquiry credibly, transparently and expeditiously.

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