Publication: Business Day Issued: Date: 2004-10-04 Reporter: Sphiwe Mboyane

Zuma Shrugs Off Latest Reports on Shaik Links

 

Publication 

Business Day

Date 2004-10-04

Reporter

Sphiwe Mboyane

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www.bday.co.za

 

Deputy President Jacob Zuma said yesterday he was "unfazed" by media reports that a KPMG report would show an "extensive financial relationship" between him and his financial adviser, Schabir Shaik.

Zuma's statement follows media reports yesterday that he was central to the allegations made by the state against Shaik. The reports describe, in detail, how Zuma, pictured right, was alleged to have received payments totalling more than R1,2 million from Shaik.

The reports also repeated allegations that Shaik played a central role in facilitating a R500 000 bribe for Zuma from arms company, Thint Holdings (formerly Thompson Holdings/Thales).

Zuma said anybody with a case against him should go to court and prove their allegations.

His spokeswoman, Lakela Kaunda, said the deputy president had repeatedly said the allegations were "baseless and untruthful" and he would not comment on the details of the allegations as Shaik's case was before court.

Legal expert Prof Shadrack Gutto said yesterday the decision by former public prosecutions director Bulelani Ngcuka not to prosecute Zuma had denied him a legal platform to clear his name.

Gutto said Ngcuka erred by not giving finality to the Zuma affair either prosecuting or stating that he would not. Instead, he had left the matter open, hanging around Zuma's neck indefinitely.

According to Gutto, Zuma could now only hope that Shaik was acquitted and his (Zuma's) name was cleared.

Scorpions spokesman Sipho Ngwema said: "For now he is not in the list of witnesses, but you may never know what might happen in a criminal case."

With acknowledgements to Sphiwe Mboyane and the Business Day.