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The Schabir Shaik Trial
The Supreme Court of Appeal has crushed any hope Durban businessman Schabir Shaik might have had of avoiding jail time when it dismissed his appeal against conviction and sentence on two counts of corruption and one of fraud. Shaik is currently serving his 15-year sentence.


SABC News Feature :
Shaik sentenced to 15 years in prison


Trial Details and Court Documents


Schabir Shaikh
Nkobi Holdings (Pty) Ltd
(As represented by Schabir Shaik)
Nkobi Investments (Pty) Ltd
(As represented by Schabir Shaik)
Kobifin (Pty) Ltd (As represented by Schabir Shaik)
Kobitech (Pty) Ltd (As represented by Schabir Shaik)
Proconsult (Pty) Ltd (As represented by Schabir Shaik)
Pro Con Africa Consultants (Pty) Ltd (As represented by Schabir Shaik)
Clegton (Pty) Ltd (As represented by Schabir Shaik)
Kobi Transport Systems (Pty) Ltd (As represented by Schabir Shaik)
Floryn Investments (Pty) Ltd (As represented by Schabir Shaik)
Thomson-CSF SA (Pty) Ltd (As represented by Schabir Shaik)

Accused nr 1
Accused nr 2
Accused nr 3
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Accused nr 7
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Accused nr 11


The State

When Trial postponed from :

21 January 2002
to 27 May 2002
to 27 November 2002
to 10 April 2003
to 27 June 2003

Final Hearing Date : 11 October 2004

Where Durban
Court Regional Court

Judgment A

Found Guilty on two charges of Corruption and one charge of Fraud.

Shaik to appeal Judgment.



Application for a warrant giving the state control over Shaik's assets, worth more than R34m, in the arms manufacturing company that profited from the multi-million rand arms deal.

When 18 January 2006
Where Durban
Court High Court

Court Documents

Judgment B

Defendant ordered to pay the State.



Application to appeal the judgment of Judge Squires, dated 2005-05-31.

When Original Appeal Hearing Date : 2006-08-21 to 2006-08-25
Appeal Hearing Postponed to : 2006-09-25 to 2006-09-29
Where Bloemfontein
Court Supreme Court of Appeal

Judgment C

Prison Sentence

Appeal to all 3 charges dismissed. Prison sentence to start in 48 hours from judgment.



Application to appeal against the SCA's order

When Unknown
Where Braamfontein
Court Constitutional Court



Schabir Shaik Time Line

2 June 2005
Schabir Shaik is convicted in the Durban High Court on two counts of corruption and one of fraud relating to bribes involving then Deputy President Jacob Zuma. Shaik was Zuma's financial adviser and confidante.

8 June 2005
Shaik is sentenced to 15 years in prison.

3 March 2009
Shaik is paroled on medical grounds after serving two years and four months of his sentence. He arrives home on a stretcher reportedly suffering from hypertension, high blood pressure, depression and chest pains. Amid a growing outcry, then correctional services minister Ngconde Balfour describes Shaik as being in the final phase of his terminal condition.

20 April 2009
The doctors who recommended that Shaik be released on medical parole are cleared by the Health Professions Council (HPCSA) of allegations that they behaved unethically and unprofessionally. HPCSA registrar Boyce Mkhize tells the media that medical reports reveal a gravely serious medical condition of Mr Shaik and that the reports by doctors were not exaggerated, misrepresented or falsified.

20 May 2009
The DA asks for a parole board review of the decision to grant Shaik medical parole.

21 May 2009
Shaik's brother Yunis says his condition is not improving. His condition cannot improve because there is permanent damage to him.

25 May 2009
Shaik and a Durban businessman register a new close corporation, Wethersfield Trading CC.

3 August 2009
Mail & Guardian reporter Niren Tolsi runs into Shaik at a 24-hour petrol station shortly aftre midnight. Shaik reportedly tells him: I am working towards better health.

10 August 2009
eThekwini DA councillor Dean MacPherson expresses shock after seeing Shaik in Durban's Musgrave area buying balloons next to the side of the road . He looked perfectly healthy, MacPherson said. The councillor released a grainy cellphone video of Shaik�s car to the media. Shaik was not visible.

13 August 2009
Correctional Services spokesman Thami Zondi says Shaik denies driving the car. It is a family car that could be used by anyone, Zondi says.

19 August
Correctional Services minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says there will be no review of Shaik's medical parole because she had received no proof he had gone out in his car.

19 October 2009
The Presidency confirms for the first time that Shaik applied for a presidential pardon on April 24 last year.

22 October 2009
A Durban newspaper reports that Shaik played a round of golf at the Papwa Sewgolum course in Reservoir Hills and had regularly been seen there.

10 December 2009
Mapisa-Nqakula tells Parliament that Shaik denied playing golf that day. She says tthe department has received no formal complaints alleging that Shaik has violated his parole.

15 December 2009
A City Press reporter witnesses Shaik breaking his parole.

16 December
A City Press photographer snaps Shaik breaking his parole.