Cops still probing Shaik assault case

2011-05-12 09:45

Durban - KwaZulu-Natal police have still not finalised their investigation against convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik for allegedly assaulting a journalist, The Times newspaper reported on Thursday.

"We are still investigating. I cannot say when the investigation will be complete. At this stage, I am unable to say what needs to be completed because it is a sensitive matter and may jeopardise the case," provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Phindile Radebe said.

Journalist Amanda Khoza laid a complaint against Shaik after he allegedly slapped and throttled her on a golf course in February. She was working on a story about him playing golf while being out on parole, which was granted because he was apparently terminally ill.

It was reported last month that the National Prosecuting Authority handed the case docket back to the police, because the investigation was "incomplete", provincial director of prosecutions Simphiwe Mlotshwa told The New Age.

Shaik served just over two years of a 15-year sentence for corruption, most of which he spent in a medical unit. He was given medical parole on grounds that he was terminally ill, but opposition parties questioned whether he was indeed ill following sightings of him in public.

He was jailed for facilitating a bribe from French arms company Thint, allegedly for President Jacob Zuma.

  • jjhvan - 2011-05-12 09:52

    How difficult can it be. "Het hy jou geklap?"---- "Ja" -----" Kom hier jou dom donner, tjoekie toe"

      saabnut - 2011-05-12 12:50

      What utter trash! They are looking for every excuse in the legal book not to do anything. What makes it worse is it is probably coming out of the ZUMA, I mean taxpayers' pocket...

  • The Unknown - 2011-05-12 09:52

    This happened how long ago? Useless

  • paulf - 2011-05-12 09:54

    My but it takes a long time to investigate the simple case. It should have been finalised a long time ago and Shaik behind bars where he belongs.

      Dr Filemon - 2011-05-12 10:06

      I just hope the ivestigation is complete before shabby shake dies from his terminal illness which should be any minute now

      SaintBruce - 2011-05-12 10:38

      I thought there were only four statements to be taken? One a month?? Defies belief or is the docket made of toilet paper for ease of processing ???

      tryanything - 2011-05-12 10:40

      Sorted out the Anni Dewani case quickly....

  • Cliff - 2011-05-12 09:58

    South Africa does not have a working judiciary any longer

  • paulf - 2011-05-12 10:05

    Share something with you lot. Sheriff Joe Arpaio created the "tent city jail" to save Arizona from spending tens of millions of dollars on another expensive prison complex. He has jail meals down to 20 cents a serving and charges the inmates for them. He banned smoking and pornographic magazines in the jails, and took away their weightlifting equipment and cut off all but "G" movies. He says: "They're in jail to pay a debt to society not to build muscles so they can assault innocent people when they leave." He started chain gangs to use the inmates to do free work on county and city projects and save taxpayer's money. Then he started chain gangs for women so he wouldn't get sued for discrimination. He took away cable TV until he found out there was a federal court order that required cable TV for jails. So he hooked up the cable TV again but only allows the Disney channel and the weather channel. When asked why the weather channel, he replied: "So these morons will know how hot it's gonna be while they are working on my chain gangs." He cut off coffee because it has zero nutritional value and is therefore a waste of taxpayer money. When the inmates complained, he told them, "This isn't the Ritz/Carlton. If you don't like it, don't come back." He also bought the Newt Gingrich lecture series on US history that he pipes into the jails. When asked by a reporter if he had any lecture series by a Democrat, he replied that a democratic lecture series that actually tells the truth for a change would be welcome and that it might even explain why 95% of the inmates were in his jails in the first place. With temperatures being even hotter than usual in Phoenix (116 degrees just set a new record for June 2nd 2009), the Associated Press reported: About 2,000 inmates living in a barbed wire surrounded tent encampment at the Maricopa County Jail have been given permission to strip down to their government-issued pink boxer shorts. On the Wednesday, hundreds of men wearing pink boxer shorts were overheard chatting in the tents, where temperatures reached 128 degrees. "This is hell. It feels like we live in a furnace," said Ernesto Gonzales, an inmate for 2 years with 10 more to go. "It's inhumane." Joe Arpaio, who makes his prisoners wear pink, and eat bologna sandwiches, is not one bit sympathetic. "Criminals should be punished for their crimes - not live in luxury until it's time for parole, only to go out and commit more crimes so they can come back in to live on taxpayers money and enjoy things many taxpayers can't afford to have for themselves." The same day he told all the inmates who were complaining of the heat in the tents: "It's between 120 to 130 degrees in Iraq and our soldiers are living in tents there too, and they have to walk all day in that sun, wearing full battle gear and getting shot at, and THEY have not committed any crimes, so shut your damned mouths!" Way to go, Sheriff! If all prisons were like yours there would be a lot less crime and we would not be in the current position of running out of prison space in South Africa with one of the highest crime rates because ... our Government believes that criminal have rights!

      SaintBruce - 2011-05-12 10:36

      SA Location - Lohatla... not in the firing range but just next to it! One taste of that fine red dust should 'correct' any offender for life.

      Wayne - 2011-05-12 10:39

      I agree criminals should work for their food! - 2011-05-12 11:25

      What the govt. should do is build a massive prison in the Kalahari and ship lots of cement to it. That way these buggers can work all/every day in the hot sun producing bricks for RDP houses - theres lotsa sand there! At least that way they can be of some use to society.

      maseratifitt - 2011-05-12 11:47

      Paulf : Makes sense to me. Shows leadership and empathy for citizens.

      World Traveler - 2011-05-12 12:08

      Every RIGHT has a RESPONSIBILITY. No RESPONSIBILITY, NO RIGHTS! Shaik must do his time!

      Brewster - 2011-05-12 14:37

      @SaintBruce, Agree with you. Know the place. hell on earth. Just one thing.....why not IN the firing range?

  • Slapper - 2011-05-12 10:08

    Yeah Right. The end result will prove them to be incompetent, Corrupt, or both. I can see no other outcome.

  • - 2011-05-12 10:15

    The bribe amount hasn't been confirmed yet.

  • Marcell - 2011-05-12 10:16

    It will jeopardise the kickback amount I'm going to get!

  • the kid! - 2011-05-12 10:23

    Where is Bheki? always going on about how good his men in blue are. this is plain incompetence

  • DSJM - 2011-05-12 10:35

    The only reason why its taking so long is that they haven't found the loophole yet to get him off!

  • bill - 2011-05-12 10:37

    Should be finalised in 15 years or when zuma dies.

  • nic - 2011-05-12 10:43

    The cops managed to screw up every single high profile case in recent history. It's a shame really. Would be nice to see our justice system work for a change...

  • André - 2011-05-12 10:59

    Blixm, its taking a long time to prepare his new bed in hospital!!

  • PMG - 2011-05-12 11:02

    OMG - Wars have been faught and lost in less time than these dumbass cops take to investigate an assault charge,come on ubber general - stomach out ,chest in,brain off.

  • umlaut - 2011-05-12 11:13

    Don't rush things here boys--the bribing here is worth a fortune- R20000 per month x 20 years .....??

  • Shai-hulud - 2011-05-12 11:16

    How long do they need to probe before coming a conclusion? Incredible.

      WhiteAfrican - 2011-05-12 12:08

      They will probe until people forget about it or their attention gets diverted by the ANC pet malema

  • Cherelynn - 2011-05-12 11:19

    We in SA have such poor service delivery, why not use the prisoners(also teaching them some skills) to repair potholes, re-paint lines on the roads/street lights, cut verges, pick up rubbish dumped or left behind by the municipal workers.

      WhiteAfrican - 2011-05-12 12:07

      Because most of the prison population votes for the ANC, we can't expect any ANC votes to actually contribute to the development of this country, or to work! How dare you even suggest such a thing!

  • WhiteAfrican - 2011-05-12 11:22

    Shaik will always be ablove the law because they need him to keep his mouth shut. They can't afford to piss him off..

      World Traveler - 2011-05-12 12:11

      He has the politicians buy the short hairs! He goes to jail, he spills the dirt!

  • grant9 - 2011-05-12 11:38

    The justice system has become a total farce. How can it take 4 months to finalise an assault case? Imagine how long the Dewani case will drag on.

  • ALCAB - 2011-05-12 11:45

    How does an assault charge become sensitive that you cannot pass comment on it ?

  • Kevin - 2011-05-12 11:49

    What are you cops up to. Eish , to write a couple of statements cannot take more than a month. This man is seriously ill and might peg before we can get him back where he belongs. IN JAIL. Are you waiting till after the elections so that shower head can help him.

      ALCAB - 2011-05-12 12:52

      Charges will be dropped after the elections.!!!!!!!

  • Fred - 2011-05-12 12:02

    This is exactly why crime flourishes in South Africa ..... It takes so long for the cops to finalise simple cases. Surely this is an open and shut case, he assaulted her, and there is no doubt about it, so put him back in jail and this time let him rot there, crony or not. There was another case about a week ago which had to be postponed because after a week the police still had not interviewed the complainant !!!!! I must say Im very nervous living in South Africa because it can't be long now before there is a total breakdown of law and order.

  • Fred - 2011-05-12 12:09

    This is doing as well as the Brett Kebble and Agliotti cases. Our justice "system", for want of a more explicit word, is not able to do anything properly. They will probably give Shaik a pardon if he turns state witness against himself.

  • saabnut - 2011-05-12 12:15

    What utter trash! They are looking for every excuse in the legal book not to do anything. What makes it worse is it is probably coming out of the ZUMA, I mean taxpayers' pocket...

  • Podgette - 2011-05-12 12:19

    Oh please... the cops too scared to do the right thing incase the BIG boss doesn't like it. He either assaulted her or he didn't!

  • witboy - 2011-05-12 12:20

    this a good example of the way the government is run. This man should be in jail with zuma

  • Jim - 2011-05-12 12:37

    Stop wasting our tax money. Guilty or not Zuma will let him go anyway.

  • DW - 2011-05-12 12:42

    When Annie Diwani was murdered, they caught the one guy, he turned state witness, had his trial, was sentenced and was sent to jail in about 3 weeks. Why do some get priority and others get ignored? Oh, because they want to solve the Diwani case. They dont want to solve the Shaik one, so hopefully we will all forget about it.

  • Ogre - 2011-05-12 17:54

    People calm down!Clearly you have no appreciation for the decorum applicable to the situation.Firstly,the opportunity to contact the complainant to "convince" her to withdraw the charges has not presented itself.The media scrutiny is just too much.Next point.The police involved are still deciding what price to put on the docket.This is a big descision and needs carefull consideration as the union representatave will also need to be paid for work done outside of normal duties(he sits in on the deliberations to make sure no undeserving member can claim a share, sparking stay aways and strike action). Next point.Shaik has requested a specific decorator for his hospital room,but she is presently re-decorating more deserving government housing and will only be available in a few weeks.The caterer is also unavailable as Shaik was released long before the planned date and the caterer was stuck with 12 cases of Jonny Walker Blue Lable that he decided to drink himself.He is now in rehab.The presiding doctor has stipulated that he would first want to see the results of the election before being placed in a position of breaking his Hipocratic oath again. The DA does not smile kindly on corruption.Next point.The government spin doctors(not related to the medical doctor) are all busy handling a trivial situation of the ANC putting its foot in its mouth as well as a few upstart voters that found out that they had been screwed over.

  • Orca - 2011-06-06 08:57

    This sort of circus could only happen in SA.

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