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Mac Maharaj denies corruptions claims

2011-11-22 13:25

Pretoria - Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj has denied ever being involved in corruption and bribery.

He told the National Press Club in Pretoria on Tuesday that he had never broken any law.

"I have not been involved in corruption, bribery or broken any law."

Maharaj was reacting to criticism that he had in effect censored the Mail&Guardian newspaper by preventing it from publishing allegations against him.

He countered he had evidence that the Mail&Guardian had committed a criminal offence.

"I went and did what the law says. I laid a charge."

Maharaj’s attorneys laid a charge against the Mail&Guardian and two of its journalists - Sam Sole and Stefans Brummer - on Saturday for violating section 41(6) of the National Prosecuting Act of 1988.

The charges relate to Friday's edition of the newspaper, the front page of which featured a picture of Maharaj alongside the words: "Censored. We cannot bring you this story in full due to a threat of criminal prosecution."

Big black blocks were printed over about three quarters of the page, where the story would have been published.

Maharaj said that the decision by the newspaper to black out parts of its report had created the impression that he had done something wrong.

He said the act made it an offence to disclose evidence gathered in camera by a section 28 inquiry.

According to the newspaper, Maharaj had lied to the section 28 inquiry called by the now disbanded Scorpions over allegations that he received kickbacks from French arms manufacturer Thales International.

It was this information, allegedly proving that Maharaj had lied, that the newspaper wanted to publish.

Maharaj said on Tuesday that the newspaper should have approached the Director of Public Prosecutions before approaching him or publishing its story.

He said his refusal to answer questions was a consequence of his belief that a court of law should decide whether there was any wrongdoing.

He said he was not prepared to subject himself to "trial by media".

The Sunday Times has since reported that Maharaj and his wife Zarina received millions of rands in kickbacks related to the arms deal.

Maharaj said the newspaper published 800 words, but only one sentence of his three-sentence response to its questions.

Comments
  • Alan - 2011-11-22 13:31

    Don't worry Mac. After today you should be out of the woods. Then you can carry on the way you have, just as you please.

      Willie - 2011-11-22 13:43

      True ,i did not do it,but i don't want you to open the cookie jar and count the left overs

      Alan - 2011-11-22 13:56

      Yeah - let's just pass legislation that if a crime is exposed by obtaining evidence in a criminal fashion, then the original crime did not exist.Problem solved! I wonder if these people have any idea how they destroy their own crediility whenever they open their mouths, let alone put their hands into the cookie jar. They must think that somebody believes them? A very odd notion indeed.

      Ann - 2011-11-22 13:58

      Methinks he protesteth too much! Definitely a whiff of something there ...

      Dirk - 2011-11-22 14:21

      Word Sums : I have not been involved in corruption, bribery or broken any law (Maharaj) I have never had sexual relations with that woman(Lewinsky) Bill Clinton. Name the smallest common denominator? Answer BIG LIE

      Ronald - 2011-11-22 16:09

      He said he was not prepared to subject himself to "trial by media". No,Mac,what is left now is trail by mob and mob justice.At the rate this country is sliding down the abyss mob justice cannot be far in the future.

      Sharon - 2011-11-22 19:20

      I don't suppose anyone would expect him to say "ja, ok, you caught me, I did it!" Rule one: always deny everything, Rule two: Accuse the accuser, Rule three: Make sure you are surrounded by like minded people, close the ranks, and voila! You get away with murder.

      Ryan - 2011-11-22 22:27

      just confirmation of another ANC official on the gravy train

  • clem.human - 2011-11-22 13:37

    Carry on Mac - in my opinion you use technicalities to defend yourself - just no different to your predecessors, the Nats tried to teach us how to steal but the curent crop of politicians are too dumb to steal cleverly.

      procold2 - 2011-11-22 13:52

      a least the nats left somthing for tommorrow,when the cookie jaris empty these guys just hike taxes, implement toll roads,increase the electricity tariffs and put petrol up to name but a few,

  • kenneth.roselt - 2011-11-22 13:37

    Where there's smoke, there's a fire...

      Fred - 2011-11-22 19:02

      ..... and if you are big mates with the Shaiks then you have a bonfire.

  • Larry - 2011-11-22 13:43

    Hey Mac, A pity you are too late to be protected by the secrecy bill, but never mind, they need scapegoats and you are it for this time around. Of course you would deny, but then, you are also a proven lying Toad.

  • swavka - 2011-11-22 13:46

    It wasn't corruption - it was payment for services rendered. Between Mac and wifey it was what $3.5million - I also want to get that sort of payment for services rendered. If you accept payment from a company who has tendered a bid it is a bribe, it is corruption, it is stealing, it is wrong, especially if you are in the employ of the government in the portfolio of Transport. You are a disgrace to the human race - you ar**hole.

      Deon - 2011-11-22 13:57

      He is probably calling it his bonus.

      Sharon - 2011-11-22 19:21

      No No No, its a "facilitation fee"

  • CALAMITYSA - 2011-11-22 13:47

    Mac Maharaj - Please admit & repent. We do not want court cases and appeals and concourt appeals until 2020. You wont be in jail or hospital for long - then you & shaikie can play golf together. In the meantime - mr spokesman - do you really condone all the s£$% you are told to say? Would love to know!

  • Deeteem - 2011-11-22 13:50

    Mac, you even look like a crook !!!

  • Fenderbender - 2011-11-22 13:56

    We have to believe him if he says so, he is a very moral politician. Why would he lie ? (sarcastic)

  • Marion - 2011-11-22 13:56

    Highly entertaining recommended article: http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/Maharaj-succumbs-to-Pinocchiolosis-20111122

      Alan - 2011-11-22 14:21

      I concur! Brilliantly written, and well worth the read!!!

  • Andre - 2011-11-22 14:00

    His charge will not stand. Why has he not been advised correctly in this regard? Guilt is written allover his face! Just the scum he was involved in tells the whole story. What consultancy work has his wife been in volved in?

  • Alan - 2011-11-22 14:01

    In response to KFC's JuJu Streetwise 2, McDonald's may think of launching the Mac Maharaj Meal. Guaranteed to be cooked!

  • Brendan - 2011-11-22 14:01

    Hey Mac - if you never committed a crime - how the hell did you get into government - you f)cking liar

      Alan - 2011-11-22 14:22

      whaahaa .. too true ... you have to have the right credentials!

  • Shirley - 2011-11-22 14:06

    Mac if you are so INNOCENT let them print what they have-vindicate yourself and be done! Only problem is you cant because you are as guilty as SH#T! Whats even worse is you are the Jzs right hand man. No wonder Sheik got parole-he could of emptied out the whole tin of beans!

  • Carlo Hayes - 2011-11-22 14:11

    Of course you will deny it!! Don't worry mac you'll get away with it!!

  • Alan - 2011-11-22 14:24

    Mac Feeble attempt to plead innocence.

  • Virginia - 2011-11-22 14:27

    Mr Maharaj, not you, nor the president, Mr Malema, Mr Shaik you name them have never ever been involved in corruption of any kind. What kickbacks you people take for handing out tenders are all legal, as you are all buddies together, we all share so no one will blow the whistle, but remember no matter how much you close down the media in this country you cannot close down the world media, some where some how we will get to hear about your dirty dealings.

  • Kevin - 2011-11-22 14:32

    Yeah Yeah and I promise you and all-That curry is mild

  • Jerhone - 2011-11-22 14:44

    He'll deny it for as long as he can then he'll cry in front of the publc and apologize when found out these politicians and evangelists are all the same skelm

  • George - 2011-11-22 14:47

    Hi Mac, Just a reminder of the 1949 riots. Do you remember them and who won. Do you realy think they will save your ass now. Better wash that yellow streek off your back now before they see it. LOSSER

  • VanGraan - 2011-11-22 14:50

    MAQ...MAQ....MAQ............

  • George - 2011-11-22 14:53

    Hi Mac just another thought,1949, do you remember who protected you, was it not the white people, Well just remember that we will NOT this time

  • denise.wilshire - 2011-11-22 14:56

    Mac you need not even utter a word. You are fine pal the PROTECTION OF INFORMATION BILL IS PASSED. YOU ARE HOME FREE!

  • Sheik - 2011-11-22 15:24

    Mac, You and I know that all those involved in the arm deal dipped into the till, and I can't believe you no different. The trail starts at a supplier and ends with you or did you give it to the ANC like a good boy.

  • Sheik - 2011-11-22 15:26

    How do you look at yourself in the mirror, or do you like the rest of the ANC believe you can do no wrong.

  • Stephen - 2011-11-22 15:38

    No need to deny anything now, just have your accusers arrested.

  • Adrian - 2011-11-22 18:53

    As usual, Mac plays the man, not the ball.

  • Robi - 2011-11-22 19:53

    Corruption has been a disease that has plagued mankind since the beginning of civilization. We know all too well the stories of lawmakers taking thousands of dollars in exchange for access or legislation. No portion of corruption is due simply to greed. These are individuals who in rich themselves by using their position of power, at the expense of the people they govern. This is well documented and well known. However, in my experience there is perhaps a darker and more tragic side to corruption. Most of these corrupt greedy individuals who use their position for personal gain do not last long as their greed overtakes their common sense. The canker galls the infants of the spring Too oft before their buttons be disclosed, And, in the morn and liquid dew of youth, Contagious blastments are most imminent Lay not that flattering unction to your soul That not your trespass but my madness speaks. It will but skin and film the ulcerous place, Whiles rank corruption, mining all within, Infects unseen

  • avoomu - 2011-11-23 04:37

    Of course "Honest Mac" will deny all charges, as did the late Shabir Shaik did. That is before he died from his terminal disease. When "Honest Mac" spoke, did anybody check if his lips moved?

  • Carol - 2011-11-25 15:38

    "Who let the dogs out?' "Wasn't me !" LIAR, LIAR - your refusing to explain anything or how your wife came to receive huge bank deposits screams you are LYING !!!

  • Cheryl - 2011-11-25 18:24

    I did not have inapproriate sexual relations with that woman.....heh heh heh . THen why all the lies, MR BIG STUFF?

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