Publication: The Citizen Issued: Date: 2004-10-04 Reporter: Sapa

No Comment from Zuma Camp on ‘Mind-Blowing' Report



The Citizen

Date 2004-10-04



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No comment could be obtained from Deputy President Jacob Zuma's spokespeople on news reports on Sunday that a KPMG report would show an "extensive financial relationship" between Zuma and his financial adviser, Schabir Shaik.

Shaik is to go on a corruption trial that may drag on for months in the Durban High Court from Monday next week.

The Johannesburg Sunday Times reported Zuma's name appears on almost every page of Shaik's 45-page charge sheet.

Zuma was scheduled to join the community of Cradock in a healing and cleansing ceremony on Sunday to commemorate the town's civic movement. No reaction could be obtained from his media liaison staff on Sunday.

The Sunday Times said a 250-page report from auditing firm KPMG that is to be submitted as evidence in the trial has been described as mind-blowing by those close to the investigation.

Shaik's lawyer, Reeves Parsee, told the Sunday Times: "We are not making any comments to the press about the trial. These are the instructions from my client."

Charges against Shaik include that he was corrupt because he paid Zuma more than R1,2m that was not legally due, and a second charge of corruption concerning the facilitation of a R500 000 a year bribe for Zuma.

The KPMG document is said to provide evidence that 238 payments to the tune of more than R1,2m that Zuma received from Shaik amounted to bribes.

The Sunday Times added that it was not known whether Zuma would be called as a witness but that his legal team would be in court throughout the trial.

KPMG's forensic report was expected to "blow the lid on the activities of 10 other politicians and officials who were allegedly bankrolled by Shaik in return for business favours."

With acknowledgements to Sapa and The Citizen.