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Possible poke into Chippy Shaik's past

By unknown | Mar 14, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Waghied Misbach

Waghied Misbach

Will there be a top-level probe into the business dealings of Shamin "Chippy" Shaik, the brother of convicted fraudster Schabir, for allegedly seeking and getting a multimillion-rand bribe from a German arms deal company?

A decision on this will be taken at a meeting between the National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA) national director, Vusi Pikoli, the Public Protector, Lawrence Mushwana, and the auditor-general, Terence Nombembe, tomorrow.

The meeting comes in the wake of a complaint laid with the Public Protector about allegations by German investigators that Shamin Shaik received a R12million bribe from German multi-national Thyssen-Krupp.

Shamin Shaik is a former official in the defence department and was closely involved in the arms deal procurement. He has consistently denied that he used his influence to ensure that his brother's company, Nkobi Holding, benefited from the subcontracts.

Shamin Shaik's alleged corrupt behaviour was recently unveiled by the chief arms deal whistle-blower, Independent Democrats leader Patricia de Lille. The original allegations about Shamin Shaik were published in the German newspaper Der Spiegel.

De Lille told Sowetan yesterday that it was not enough that Shamin Shaik be investigated. She said she wanted to know if all the recommendations resulting from the investigation by the NPA, the Public Protector and the auditor-general in 2001 had been implemented.

The 2001 joint investigating team report cleared the government of all wrongdoing at the level of the main contracts, but identified problems with the subcontracts. The Scorpions were asked to start criminal investigations and prosecute corrupt individuals. But the report was widely criticised by opposition parties who dismissed it as a whitewash, even in the wake of Schabir Shaik and Tony Yengeni's conviction and imprisonment.

De Lille said she also wanted prosecutors to release the names of the 31 South African citizens who received discounts on luxury vehicles from arms-deal bidders.


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