Chippy Shaik in new arms scandal

2011-10-30 16:45

Johannesburg - Chippy Shaik, the man at the centre of the arms deal, is ­embroiled in another bribery scandal.

This time Shaik has been linked to a R750 000 payment from arms deal beneficiaries BAE Systems and Saab to the supervisor of his fake doctorate, Professor Viktor Verijenko.

Shaik was the defence ­department’s chief of acquisitions during the arms deal.

A forensic report recently ­implicated him in having had a corrupt relationship with ­German shipbuilder Ferrostaal, which received the R12bn tender to provide the navy with three submarines.

In a new book titled The Devil in the Detail, released by arms deal researchers Paul Holden and Hennie van Vuuren, they reveal that a local company co-owned by BAE and Saab had made an “interest-free” loan to a company of which Verijenko is the sole member.

BAE scored two multibillion-rand contracts from the arms deal. With Saab, BAE provided the air force with 26 Gripen fighter jets at a cost of R30bn, while BAE also received the tender to produce 24 Hawk training planes for R11bn.

In 2007, the Sunday Times exposed Shaik for plagiarising the work of others, including that of Verijenko, to obtain his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2003.

Stripped of degree

The Ukranian-born Verijenko was the head of the university’s school of mechanical engineering at the time and Shaik’s ­supervisor for his degree.

In 2008, the university stripped Shaik of his PhD after finding that he had copied the work of five international ­professors published in a book 20 years ago.

The university conducted a forensic investigation into his thesis and found he had ­“plagiarised massively”.
Verijenko resigned and moved to Australia.

Although Holden and Van ­Vuuren don’t directly accuse the arms companies of paying Verijenko to assist Shaik in faking his PhD, the authors consider it “remarkable that of all the millions of South Africans...  to receive a loan on such favourable terms, it was granted to a friend and confidant of the very man who had used his official powers to ensure BAE and Saab won this most lucrative of contracts”.

They call the payment by ­Sanip – the local firm owned by BAE and Saab – to Verijenko’s Veriytech cc “by far the most intriguing” loan made by Sanip.

“Curiously, the loan was 'unsecured, rand-denominated and interest free. There are no fixed repayment terms'.

"In layman’s terms, this meant the loan was granted without Veriytech having to put up any collateral, pay any interest or pay back the loan at regular ­intervals.”

Written off in total

This, the authors suggest, may show that the loan was, after all, not a loan but a payment to Verijenko.

According to Sanip’s financial records, the loan was later ­written off in total.

The authors highlight that the payment to Verijenko’s entity was made at the same time the professor approved the awarding of a PhD to Shaik – which ­plagiarised substantial amounts of his (Verijenko’s) own work.

The authors draw the conclusion that Verijenko must have chosen to ignore the fact that Shaik plagiarised his work.

“This, after all, is what friends do. At roughly the same time Shaik’s thesis was being written, Shaik served as the best man at Verijenko’s wedding.”

When confronted with the ­evidence, Verijenko told the ­authors he did not want to speak to them.

He could not be reached for comment.

Shaik, who will probably be one of the key witnesses before the Seriti Commission of ­Inquiry into the arms deal, said he was in Australia and did not respond to a request for comment.

  • Kevin - 2011-10-30 16:53

    lets have some life sentences please. The taxpayer deserves to lock all thugs up for a maximum sentence .

      Delusion - 2011-10-30 17:05

      You just dont get it Kevin? The Shaiks get terminally ill in jail. Not fit for imprisonment.

      Pieter - 2011-10-31 09:57

      Cut the guy some slack people..His brother shabier shaik passed away recently from a terminal illness. So come lets show some compassion here please.

      Pieter - 2011-10-31 11:38

      Sorry my bad..Just found out shabir is still alive..I thought he was dead already. Sorry for the mistake.

      francie.potgieter - 2011-10-31 12:54

      And who is going to pay for his lodging when they get a life sentence us the taxpayer they should rather hang them or give them hard labour so that they can pay for their own boarding and lodging in jail.

  • Kevin - 2011-10-30 16:54

    lets have some life sentences please. The taxpayer deserves to lock all thugs up for a maximum sentence .

  • braamc - 2011-10-30 17:12

    Must be terrible to have Shaik as a last name. The one is a bigger thieve and criminal than the other? What about a real terminal illness for you?

  • Alva - 2011-10-30 17:19

    Are we really surprised to read this? What about Mo Shaik? Seems corruption and dishonesty runs deep in the Shaik family. And guess what? They are all linked to the big man himself. They all need to do big jail time but this won't happen because the Shaiks are hiding ANC skeletons.

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  • peter.retief - 2011-10-30 17:52

    Get him back from Australia and pay for the theft from SA taxpayers

      Carlos - 2011-10-30 18:59

      It´s not his fault Mr. Shaik shoud pay not only that money but all the money stolen to South African taxpayers. BUT DON´T FORGET HE WAS TERMINALLY ILL IN JAIL.

  • Ian - 2011-10-30 17:52

    in a perfect world this would be news but here this isnt even worth mentioning, nothing but another corrupt anc thief

  • Koos - 2011-10-30 17:59

    Admit and ask for forgiveness. Like Fikile. If you try to get out of it it makes you look worse - a liar and stupid - like getting a doctorate with other peoples work.

  • mastersvoice - 2011-10-30 18:25

    It would seem the Shaik's are viruses that have infected South Africa.

  • Herman - 2011-10-30 18:50

    Does Shaik mean Snake in layman terms???

  • Mike - 2011-10-30 18:50

    twats!! low life twats!

  • barry.mcbride - 2011-10-30 19:17

    Chippy Shaik or Choppy Shark?

  • André - 2011-10-30 19:58

    Curry?????? To much? Book off-sicj "Mr Verijenko"!!!!!!!

  • cecilhstephens - 2011-10-30 20:31

    If you shaik the tree hard enough what else could come to ground ?

  • paul.duplessis - 2011-10-31 07:46

    Chippy and his brother will remain an eternal shame to the carriers of the name Shaik...

  • Michele - 2011-10-31 07:49

    Isn't that just typical of the Shaik clan.

  • Warwick - 2011-10-31 08:34

    Who cares, its only taxpayers money and the avarage taxpayer will do nothinhg except make some half attempt at moaning about all these scandals involving tax payers money. The ruling elite and their theiving cronies will do as they please and up yours.

  • Andre - 2011-10-31 08:54

    Corrupt to the bone! What a shameful fake being.

  • agoosen - 2011-10-31 11:16

    There is a whole clan of them...The dairy farmer brother: Milk Shaik. The singer brother: Shaik, rattle and roll. The anger management consultant brother: For F#%ks Shaik!

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