Publication: Sunday Times Issued: Date: 2004-10-03 Reporter: Mzilikazi wa Afrika

Deputy President Accused of Bribery



Sunday Times

Date 2004-10-03


Mzilikazi wa Afrika

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Deputy President Jacob Zuma went along with an agreement on bribery and agreed to receive a “corrupt payment”, the chief prosecutor in the Shaik trial has claimed.

William John Downer, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, claims in a 58-page affidavit submitted to the Durban High Court on September 23 that the agreement to pay Zuma R500000 a year “was concluded through the intermediation of” his financial adviser, Schabir Shaik.

Shaik, according to the agreement, “would facilitate the payments to Zuma” through some of his companies.

Downer also claims that Paul Perrier, chairman and chief executive of French arms company Thomson-CSF International, now called Thales International, “personally sanctioned” the agreement in Paris at a meeting with Shaik. He says Zuma met Perrier in London on July 2 1998 at a meeting organised by Shaik.

Zuma attended a meeting on March 11 2000 “himself” and “indicated his agreement” to be paid the bribe.

Downer says that Zuma was “effectively placed on a retainer” by Shaik and received payments from time to time.

With acknowledgements to Mzilikazi wa Afrika and the Sunday Times.