The commission of inquiry into the multi-billion rand arms deal controversy will get to work again from December 1, it emerged this week after anti-arms campaigner Terry Crawford-Browne formally withdrew his Constitutional Court application for an investigation.
Justice ministerial spokesman Tlali Tlali said the details would be made shortly, including whether the commission would continue with two judges, or whether a new commissioner would be announced.
Pretoria High Court Deputy Judge President Willem van der Merwe withdrew for personal reasons shortly after Justice Minister Jeff Radebe announced the commission’s terms of reference last month.
The minister’s proclamation followed President Jacob Zuma’s announcement of the official inquiry in September, and his offer to pay costs – without conceding any legal points.
Should there be a decision that the commission, chaired by Supreme Court of Appeals Judge Willie Seriti, is to continue with only him and Judge Francis Malesela Legodi, of the Pretoria High Court, then it would have to be administratively reconstituted.