Schabir Shaik confirms he will testify in Zuma trial

Schabir Shaik confirms he will testify in Zuma trial

- Convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik has confirmed that the Hawks have asked him to testify in Jacob Zuma’s trial

- Shaik’s lawyer said he (Shaik) believed the law would take its course

- Shaik was found guilty of keeping Zuma on a corrupt retainer in 2005

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Jacob Zuma’s former financial advisor and close friend Schabir Shaik has confirmed that the Hawks have asked him to testify in Zuma’s upcoming trial.

Shaik’s lawyer said he (Shaik) believed the law will take its rightful course in the upcoming mater between the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and Zuma.

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On Friday, the National Director of Public Prosecutions, Shaun Abrahams, announced that the NPA decided to charge Zuma with 16 charges related to fraud, corruption, money laundering, racketeering and tax fraud.

Briefly.co.za can confirm that Shaik declined to comment on the matter due in part to certain conditions imposed on him by his medical parole. Shaik first appeared in the Durban High Court in 2004.

The court found Shaik had made payments to Zuma, at that stage the MEC for tourism in KwaZulu-Natal and later the deputy president of the country, so he could help further Shaik’s business interests.

Shaik maintained that the payments were gifts and part of a revolving loan agreement. The court rejected the explanation and said there was a generally corrupt relationship between the two men.

Shaik was convicted of fraud in 2005 and sentenced to 15 years behind bars. He was released from prison in March 2009 on medical parole after serving a little more than two years of his sentence. A team of medical experts judged that Shaik was terminally ill.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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