Ra’eesa Pather | Mail & Guardian | 05 February 2018 | Ajay Sooklal, the lawyer who helped produce evidence implicating President Jacob Zuma in the 1999 arms deal, has made fresh allegations that during the deal, South African head of arms procurement Chippy Schaik was paid $1-million by Thales SA (Societe Anonyme) boss Pierre Moynot.
Sooklal made the allegation in a submission to a tribunal hearing on economic crimes in South Africa, taking place at Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg. He said that Moynot told him on a number of occasions that he had made the payment to Schaik.
The tribunal is the first of its kind in South Africa, seeking to invite submissions on economic crimes during apartheid, the arms deal and state capture. While the tribunal has no legal standing and is not binding, it aims to produce a report that will make recommendations in the interests of justice. The report will be compiled by the panel of five adjudicators which is headed by former justice Zak Yacoob.
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