ARMS DEAL: PRESIDENT’S DECISION WELCOMED: DAILY DISPATCH

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma’s decision to reopen the arms deal investigation was welcomed by political parties and ANC alliance partners in the Eastern Cape.

Some said, however, it would be important to see whether Zuma would appoint an impartial commission.

“We’ve been saying the arms deal needs a judicial commission, however we welcome this, hoping it [the commission] will be impartial,” said Nkosifikile Gqomo of COPE, which is the official opposition in the Eastern Cape.

Democratic Alliance leader in the legislature, Bobby Stevenson, welcomed the news, saying Zuma’s decision was an indication government was under pressure to act on corruption and maladministration.

“The people appointed to the commission need to of the highest integrity and be above question … Corruption and maladministration is a cancer,” Stevenson added.

Speaking for labour in the province, Cosatu provincial secretary Mandla Rayi said the issue had been “an albatross on the ANC’s neck”.

“This matter will always raise its head, especially when other countries’ investigations showed improprieties in the deals.

“Hopefully, now we will see an end to this and those who are found to have been involved in any wrongdoing face the music,” Rayi said. — Sabelo Skiti