Another adjournment for the Seriti Commission


Just days into its final witness hearings the Seriti Commission has again been adjourned.

This time around the extension request came from former Hawks investigator, Colonel Johan du Plooy. A terse statement issued by the Commission indicated Du Plooy’s legal team asked for the postponement to allow them to prepare and furnish the Commission with documentations.

The commission will resume on Monday, May 18 when Du Plooy is expected to complete his testimony. Major General Hans Meiring, also formerly of the Hawks, completed his testimony to the Commission earlier this week.

The final witnesses to appear before Judge Willie Seriti will be representatives from BAE and Saab, both companies which supplied equipment to the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) as set out in the 1998 Strategic Defence Procurement Package (SDPP). This saw the airborne and maritime arms of the SANDF acquire new equipment in the form of medium fighter jets, lead-in trainer jets, light utility helicopters, maritime helicopters, frigates and submarines.

The final part of evidence submissions will be conducted between June 22 and 29. This will see oral submissions made by evidence leaders, interested parties, the Department of Defence and Military Veterans, Armscor, the Department of Trade and Industry, and National Treasury.

The Commission has to submit its report to President Jacob Zuma within six months of completing the evidence side of its work. The new deadline of June 30 means the report should arrive on the presidential desk in the Union Buildings no later than December 31.