President Cyril Ramaphosa will not fight a major legal challenge to the R140m arms deal inquiry, which found there was no evidence of corruption in the multibillion-rand agreement. Ramaphosa’s decision not to oppose the review application lodged by Corruption Watch and Right2Know could have significant consequences for former president Jacob Zuma, who has used the report compiled by judge Willie Seriti as part of his pending court bid to permanently stay his corruption prosecution. None of the government departments cited as respondents in the case nor Seriti is fighting Corruption Watch and Right2Know’s application for the inquiry’s 2016 findings to be set aside. Zuma has argued that the findings of Seriti’s four-year-long investigation confirm that there was no corruption in the arms deal. The former president has used those findings to raise questions about the validity of the arms deal corruption charges he now faces. Zuma’s lawyers declined to comment on the current governme...

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