South Africa to Appoint Inquiry Into Arms Deal

President Jacob Zuma, facing a bid in the country's highest court to force him to appoint an official inquiry into corruption arising from South Africa's biggest post-apartheid weapons deal, has pre-empted the outcome by announcing that he will appoint a Commission of Inquiry.

Former President Thabo Mbeki was forced out of office over attempts to prosecute Jacob Zuma, his deputy, over the arms deal, which included the purchase of this German-built naval frigate.

Photo: Gripen

Swedish-built Gripen aircraft, seen flying over Cape Town, were among the arms purchases which precipitated the most extensive infighting in the ruling African National Congress since it took over government.

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