Ask Dr Phil
Phil, the much-aired US television talk show host and pop psych guru, is a
master of ego deflation. His favoured weapon, timed to perfection, to pop the
ego of his victims, is the one-liner “So, how is that working for you?” The same
question might be asked of Schabir Shaik.
Now under the venerable protection of St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban, Shaik’s daily prayers must be filled with contrition, remorse and self-loathing now that he’s been confirmed a “fraudster and a jailbird”. The saints must be agonising about what to do with the naughty fellow.
For the reportedly stressed-out Shaik, here's one solution. Shaik might want to ask himself a Dr Phil question: just how much do you value your freedom? R1m? R10m? R20m? R50m? R100m? If the state were to accept a plea bargain and why not, with nary a government ministry not swarming with clones of Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves R100m would go down very nicely thank you!
Shaik would have his freedom, at a price, yes, but that’s what Dr Phil is all about making it work for you.
With acknowledgements to Rob Glanville and Business Day.