Shaik defends Zuma

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May 4, 2016
Shaik defends Zuma

Shaik was sentenced to 15 years in prison after being found guilty of fraud and corruption in 2006, and is currently out on medical parole. CREDIT: Sourced

Schabir Shaik says he and President Jacob Zuma were made to be scapegoats and never personally benefited from the multi-billion rand arms deal.

The president’s former financial adviser made the comments in the light of a possible return of 783 corruption, fraud and racketeering charges against the politician.

Shaik was sentenced to 15 years in prison after being found guilty of fraud and corruption in 2006, and is currently out on medical parole.

He portrayed Zuma and himself as fall guys, and said there was a political plot against them.

“There has been a well-planned strategy to discredit the president and myself by certain members within our organisation, the ANC, ever since Zuma stepped into office,” Shaik told the Daily News.

“I have always stated that President Zuma was never involved in the arms procurement deal or influenced any company, including my own, to win or lose any tender.

“This was simply not his role and function in government at that time and I am prepared to stand before any court to reiterate this.”

The Seriti Commission recently found no corruption in the arms deals.

However, the Pretoria High Court has set aside a 2009 decision by former National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) acting head, Mokotedi Mpshe, to discontinue Zuma’s prosecution.

The court found the decision to be irrational.

The NPA said it was still studying the court ruling before deciding on what steps to take.

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