Publication: Business Day Issued: Date: 2010-09-10 Reporter:

NPA refuses to comment on new Arms Deal bribery claim



Business Day

Date 2010-09-10
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The National Prosecutions Authority will not comment on reports that the Hawks handed over documents that may implicate Chippy Shaik in alleged bribery involving the arms deal

The National Prosecutions Authority has refused to comment on reports that the Hawks have handed over documents that may implicate Shamin “Chippy” Shaik in bribery involving the Arms Deal.

In an emailed reply to Business Day requests, NPA spokesman, Mthunzi Mhaga, referred all queries to the Hawks.

Earlier today, the Sowetan published a report that the Hawks say they are in possession of a signed agreement in which a German arms dealer agreed to pay a bribe to a group represented by Shamim “Chippy” Shaik, the Sowetan reported on Friday.

Shaik, the brother of convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik, was working for the defence department as chief of acquisitions for the arms deal at the time.

The newspaper said it had a copy of the English translation of an agreement signed by Christopher Hoenings, who was at the time an executive at German warship manufacturer Thyssen.

“The last trip [July 27 to 30 1998] was suggested by C Shaikh (sic), director Defence Secretariat. During one of our meetings he asked once again for explicit confirmation that the verbal agreement made with him for payment to be made in case of success, to him and a group represented by him, in the amount of US3 million (about R21 million,” the agreement reads, according to the translation.

Shaik was working for the Defence Department at the time as chief of acquisitions for the arms deal.

A source revealed yesterday that apart from Shaik, another 21 politically-connected South Africans allegedly benefited from the German bribe.

Hawks spokesperson Musa Zondi confirmed to Sowetan that they were in possession of the bribe agreement.

The source said that using this evidence it should take just months to finalise the investigation into the German leg of the arms deal - and not three years as Hawks chief Anwa Dramat claimed to Parliament this week.

With acknowledgements to Business Day.

The source shall never lie, the source shall never lie.

Unlike many other involved in this matter.

This is an open and shut case if the Germans c-operate.

And they want to co-operate.

They initiated the co-operation.

The bribery agreement in any case was found by the German investigators when they raided Thyssen in Dusseldorf (maybe there was another copy at sister company MAN-Ferrostaal's premises in Essen.

And the Teutonic Memo is covered by dozens of other equally relevant and red hot items of documentary evidence.

This time Thyssen is going down.

Question Time

Who is Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems's (TKMS) Vice-President for International Sales?

Answer Time

Rear Admiral (Junior Grade) (Retired) Jonathin Edwin Gold Kamerman, Project Officer Project Sitron (POPS) and Project Director Patrol Corvette and Coastal Submarine Projects.

"Retired" right out of the SA Navy in 2006 right into the lucrative job of  Vice-President for International Sales of Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems's (TKMS).

Directly in contradiction of the Umbrella Agreement with the German Frigate Consortium (GFC) as part of the European South African Corvette Consortium (ESACC).

An interesting other fact is the before the Arms Deal, the SA Navy had never had a projector director before.

It always had project officers, usually with the rank of naval captain,

But the post director carries the rank of Rear Admiral (Junior Grade).

But in the SANDF general officer and flag (admiral) posts are fixed. Only the president can create a new post of that rank.

But none were available to Kamerman at that time.

But then president Thabo Mbeki at the instance of then minister of defence Joe Modise especially created that position and awarded that position and rank to their faithful servant Kamerman.

It is not surprising, because the corvette project was very, very special. It was indeed a done deal between Thabo Mbeki (with President Nelson Mandela looking on) and Chancellor Helmut Kohl, ably assist at the next level by Christoph Hoenings, Klaus-J Muller and Chippy Shaik and his 21 thieves.

Indeed once Mandela and Mbeki had decided to whom to award the corvette contract, Mbeki summoned Chief of the SA Navy Robert Claude Simple Anderson and Kamerman to a "meeting". There he instructed them how the corvette project was to happen.

Simple Anderson also got paid by Thyssen through the good offices of previous Chief of the SA Navy Vice Admirable Andries Putter, who was then working as an occult agent for French interests in the Arms Deal.

Tell me it ain't true.

There merde is going to splatter.

Hopefully not my guts.