Hon Speaker, this week marks one of the most electrifying times in the South African history, when Patricia de Lille was the first person to expose corruption in the arms deal on 9 September 1999 and called for a commission of inquiry. It took 13 years to establish a commission, which today faces more challenges than successes.
President Zuma was right to establish the commission, but the commission is not his own and should not be used to distort the truth for South Africans. It is only right, therefore, that President Zuma is subpoenaed to appear before the commission. As a senior ANC leader, President Zuma had intimate dealings with the arms deal process. We cannot erase history. It is a fact that President Zuma faced more that 700 charges relating to corruption and this prosecution was discontinued. Everyone in Zuma's circle at the time seems to have benefitted in some way from the arms deal, especially his so- called adviser Schabir Shaik.
I urge this Parliament and all South Africans to join me in demanding President Zuma's appearance. If the President truly has nothing to hide, then let him go to the commission voluntarily. Instead of having a whitewash commission report, let us have a commission report that washes away the filth of the arms deal. [Interjections.] That means all the facts and all the players. I thank you. [Applause.]