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Arms deal picket decision challenged

Pretoria - An urgent appeal will be heard on Thursday against a Tshwane metro police decision to stop a picket outside the Seriti inquiry into the arms deal.

The Right2Know Campaign said on Wednesday it had no choice but to bring the appeal.

Tshwane Metro Police Department. Pictures: Oupa Mokoena. Credit: Independent Newspapers

“This follows a string of correspondence with the Tshwane metro police who have shown every intention to prohibit the picket instead of facilitating it as they are required by law.”

The matter would be heard in the High Court in Pretoria at 7am on Thursday.

Tshwane metro police were not immediately available for comment.

The R2K Campaign said metro police claimed they had already granted two other organisations permission to picket and three units of police officers would be deployed.

Former finance minister Trevor Manuel, former defence minister Mosiuoa Lekota and former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils were testifying before the commission this week.

President Jacob Zuma appointed the commission in 2011 to investigate alleged corruption in the 1999 multi-billion rand deal.

The government acquired, among other hardware, 26 Gripen fighter aircraft and 24 Hawk lead-in fighter trainer aircraft for the air force, and frigates and submarines for the navy.

Sapa

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