Shaik - I had no decision-making power

2014-11-10 10:03

Shamin "Chippy" Shaik, the chief of acquisitions for the SANDF during the arms deal period, says he had no decision-making power in the deal.

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10 Nov 14:27

The commission is back on. Shaik has explained the cost versus performance factor in buying armaments.

Shaik says suggestions on what jets to buy based in cost and performance came solely from Air Force.


10 Nov 13:02
The commission has taken a break (one could argue it didn't ever really start...) for lunch. Will be back at 13:45.

10 Nov 12:40
It's possible the commission has taken another break. Either that or Shaik's testimony is so boring reporters aren't even tweeting it.

10 Nov 12:26
Shaik still dealing with various committees that were set up during the procurement process and who was involved.

10 Nov 12:05

The committee had apparently taken a break after it had barely even begun. It has now resumed.

Shaik now dealing with committee meetings held during the arms procurement process.


10 Nov 11:31
And for some unknown reason, it appears as if suddenly not much is happening at the inquiry.

10 Nov 11:16

10 Nov 11:08
Shaik says his job was more of a management role than an acquisition role.

10 Nov 11:06
Shaik dealing with the history of transformation of DoD, policy discussions etc.

10 Nov 10:49
Shaik: If (issues raised by secretary of defence) left unchallenged - it may create a negative perception of my role...

10 Nov 10:47
Shaik: Some of the issues raised by the Secretary for Defence at the commission may require me to respond.

10 Nov 10:45
Shaik says his role as chief of acquisitions was to co-ordinate.

10 Nov 10:43
Shabir Shaik's lawyer Nazir Cassim is also here to represent him.

10 Nov 10:41
Shaik says he didn't have decision-making power when it came to deciding which arms to buy. He understands the minister of defence and Cabinet was the final executive decision-making body of the country.

10 Nov 10:39
Shaik says he wants to contextualise the way in which they came to the defence package they acquired.

10 Nov 10:36
Shaik has been sworn in. He confirms he now lives in Perth, Australia, and commutes to and from South Africa.

10 Nov 10:30
So Shaik has handed in a statement but hasn't yet started testifying. He's at the commission and appears ready to go.

10 Nov 10:18
In a statement, Shaik says his departure from the department of defence was on amicable terms and not shrouded in controversy.

10 Nov 10:17
Shaik has arrived.

10 Nov 10:04

Shamin "Chippy" Shaik, the chief of acquisitions for the SANDF during the arms deal period, is expected to testify before the Seriti Commission of Inquiry on Monday.

Shaik's testimony has been scheduled to last the whole week at the commission's public hearings into alleged corruption in the multi-billion rand arms procurement deal in 1999.

Government acquired, among other hardware, 26 Gripen fighter aircraft and 24 Hawk lead-in fighter trainer aircraft for the air force, and frigates and submarines for the navy.

In February 2007, Germany's Spiegel magazine reported that German prosecutors were in possession of internal memos from Thyssen detailing meetings where Shaik allegedly demanded payment of $3m to ensure the success of the German bid for the contract to build South Africa's four corvettes.

The newspaper detailed allegations that Shaik requested the bribe in 1998 and that in 2000, the company apparently deposited the money to a non-existent company in London.

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