In the heat of the illegal arms deal leveled against former president Jacob Zuma, Ajay Sooklal, an attorney who was an adviser to French arms company Thint, said he had evidence of the company’s corrupt relationship with Jacob Zuma.

He said he was a witness to Zuma asking a top Thint official to pay for a court application in Mauritius.

Zuma had turned to the Mauritian Supreme Court to prevent the Scorpions from obtaining documents that were crucial in the corruption case against him.

“I’m the only person who can give direct and truthful evidence about what really happened [between Thint and Zuma]. I’m ready to testify,” Sooklal told the Sunday Times this week.

“There is no lawful explanation for these payments,” Sooklal said.

He said he also planned to testify at the Zondo commission because he believed Thint’s alleged corruption of Zuma was “the beginning of state capture”.

Zuma’s lawyer, Michael Hulley, said Sooklal’s claims were lies and last month former Constitutional Court Justice Zak Yacoob questioned Sooklal’s honesty.