Former president Thabo Mbeki heads a list of prominent politicians who will testify as witnesses at the Arms Procurement Commission.
Mbeki, Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel, former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils, former public enterprises minister Alec Erwin and Congress of the People president Mosiuoa Lekota are all set to testify on the arms deal, eNCA reported.
The commission was appointed to investigate the R70-billion arms deal which has haunted South African politics after the then-Pan Africanist Congress MP Patricia de Lille claimed that the deal was riddled with corruption.
President Jacob Zuma was also implicated and charged with corruption after it emerged that his financial advisor, Schabir Shaik, had organised a bribe from a French arms company for the then-deputy president. The charges against Zuma were later dropped.
In addition to prominent politicians testifying, the commission would also hear testimony from navy, air force and Armscor officials as it seeks to establish whether the arms and equipment acquired were under-utilised or not utilised at all.
Commission spokesperson, William Baloyi, said that some of the witnesses could potentially be recalled following their initial testimony.
"Some of the witnesses may be recalled at a later stage, when the commission deals with the terms of reference relating to allegations of impropriety, fraud and corruption in the acquisition process, a phase in which the 'whistleblowers' and those who are implicated will feature."
The Arms Procurement Commission will hold public hearings from 5 August until 31 January in the council chambers of the Sammy Marks Conference Centre in Pretoria.