Publication: Sapa Issued: Durban Date: 2004-10-20 Reporter: Sapa

Next Shaik Witness to Take Stand






Date 2004-10-20


The cross examination of former Thomson-CSF secretary Susan Delique has finished on Wednesday afternoon and the State was about to call its next witness in the Schabir Shaik fraud and corruption trial in Durban.

Delique told the high court that she had told the company's auditors at Thomson-CSF, now known as Thint, that director Alain Thetard had put personal expenses through the company, had not told the holding company the truth and wasted company funds.

Delique was closely cross examined on how she came to rediscover a computer disc in a garage that had a typed version of a note allegedly recording a bribe to Deputy President Jacob Zuma.

She was also persistently questioned about why she refused to allow a computer expert from the defence to examine her computer.

She said she had not refused but thought that they would have to obtain a court order for this to happen.

She said she had also set conditions that both she and State computer experts be present when the defence examine her computer as she was concerned about personal and business information on her PC.

Delique also complained that after the State had made a copy of her hard drive, her computer no longer functioned properly and that the time and date had to be changed manually.

The case continues.

With acknowledgement to Sapa.