Publication: The Mercury
Reporter: Jeremy Gordin
Reporter: Nalisha Kalideen
Politicians, Business People and Investigators to Testify
Jeremy Gordin, Nalisha Kalideen
on witness list for Zuma trial
Former deputy president Jacob Zuma
will be handed a formidable witness list of
politicians, business people, lawyers and a host of investigators on
They are among the people named on the witness list attached to
the provisional indictment against Zuma, which was officially released yesterday *1, and form part of the
state's arsenal in the corruption case against the deputy president of the
The indictment will be handed to Zuma when he appears in the Durban
Regional Court for his case to be referred to the Durban High Court for trial on
July 31 next year.
Zuma has been charged with two counts of corruption.
Also charged are Thint Holding (Southern Africa) (Pty) Ltd, accused number two,
and Thint (Pty) Ltd, number three.
Thint Holding is
owned by the arms giant Thales of France, and itself owns 80% of Thint. The
other 20% is owned by Nkobi Holdings, previously managed by Zuma's former
financial adviser Schabir Shaik and now run by his brother Mo.
neither accused number two nor three will appear in court on Saturday. In terms
of the summons served on them, they need only appear before the high court in
Last night Pierre Moynot, the Chief Executive
of Thint, said he believed that neither his parent company in France nor the
French Justice Ministry would co-operate with the Scorpions.
said that in the Shaik trial, his company had been granted
immunity *2 from prosecution by former justice minister Penuell Maduna
and former NPA boss Bulelani Ngcuka.
"There are no new facts, and I do not understand why we are being charged again. I think
this is purely a political matter," said Moynot.
"Mr Zuma never asked for anything at all from Thales and we
have never paid him anything at all." *3
All three accused are each
charged with two counts of corruption. *4 The main charge against Zuma is
that he benefited in a corrupt manner from his relationship with Shaik, to the
tune of about R1.3 million. Some of this money is alleged to have gone towards
the construction of his rural homestead in Nkandla, which cost R1.34 million.
Both Thint companies are charged with having been party to the arms deal
bribery request, which was allegedly set out in a so-called encrypted fax
written by Thint's then local representative, Alain Thetard.
It was in
exchange for an affidavit from Thetard, about the fax, that Thales was granted
immunity from prosecution in the trial of Schabir Shaik, who was sentenced to 15
years for corruption and fraud.
The list of state witnesses in the Zuma
trial names 105 people, who will be called to testify against the former deputy
One of these - a Supt Dharmendra Jugoo of the Mauritian police
- died some years ago of natural causes, and another is advocate Billy Downer SC
- one of the NPA prosecutors. And one witness's name appears twice. So an
effective list of 102 people is lined up to testify against Zuma.
Independent Democrats' Patricia de Lille, Temba Sono, formerly of the ID, and
Gavin Woods formerly chairman of the Standing Committee of Public Accounts,
parliament's financial watchdog, are three politicians who are expected to be
Durban businessman Vivian Reddy,
Mpumalanga businesswoman Norah Fakude-Nkuna, Johannesburg businessman Jurgen
Kogl, British tourism expert John Lennon and Cape Town
defence engineer and businessman Richard Young are among the business
people lined up to give evidence.
Former Scorpions advocate Gerda
Ferreira, Stephan Franke, Reddy's attorney, former judge Willem Heath and Johan
van der Walt, the forensic auditor whose report was the foundation of the state
case against Shaik, are among the legal brains to give evidence next year.
Scorpions investigators Johan du Plooy, Isak du Plooy and Willem Lubbe are also
on the witness list.
With acknowledgements to Jeremy Gordin, Nalisha Kalideen
and The Mercury
*1 Unofficially released to Karen
Bliksem last Saturday (but not by the NPA over the
*2 But for why,
*3 Is he saying Mr Justice Hilary
Squires and his two Gentleman Assessors were wrong?
compatriot Thetard affidavit under oath would also indicate
Why would Mr Thetard remain fugitive if this were not true,
*4 Very, very interesting. Why would
the Thints be charged with Count No. 1 - unless they knew the wonga that was
coming from them to Nkobi Holdings was ending up with Accused No. 1 and their
wrongdoing was not only in relation to the R500 000 per year until ADS starts
paying dividends. This would mean that there was bribery to get the Corvette
Combat Suite contract as well as bribery to cover up the investigation thereof.