NPA not worried if Shaik leaves

Waghied Misbach

Waghied Misbach

The Scorpions are not worried that Shamin "Chippy" Shaik is emigrating, though there are accusations he received a R21million bribe from a German arms company.

"There is nothing we are working on that leads us to be worried if he leaves," said National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesman Panyaza Lesufi yesterday.

Lesufi confirmed that the NPA was "working on various aspects" of a report from the public protector, Lawrence Mushwana, about the alleged bribe paid to Shaik by German arms company, ThyssenKrupp.

German authorities have asked the NPA for cooperation with its investigations. According to Germany's Der Spiegel news magazine, Shaik, the brother of convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik, was allegedly paid a R21million bribe by ThyssenKrupp for helping it win a slice of the arms deal. Shaik is the former head of acquisitions for the Department of Defence.

The Weekender,Sowetan's sister newspaper, reported that Shaik, 46, was planning to move to Australia. This comes in the wake of allegations that Shaik, with the help of two professors, had plagiarised his 2003 PhD from the then University of Natal, now called the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

The Sunday Times reported that a "new scandal" had erupted around professors Viktor Verijenko and Sarp Adalis, who helped Shaik "concoct" his thesis. Verijenko has since resigned from the university.

The university confirmed yesterday that it had not yet laid any charges against Shaik.

The South African National Student Congress yesterday called on the government to investigate the allegations against Shaik.

The organisation said such allegations undermined the academic integrity of the university.

Shaik, in an interview with the Sunday Independent, said: "There has been a campaign against me, obviously as a result of Schabir's troubles.

"I don't need it."

Last week the Department of Home Affairs confirmed it would be investigating the fact that Shaik had two passports.

Shaik has claimed he only used one passport and said he was being portrayed as "some sort of lowlife who runs around with multiple passports".