M&G details Maharaj's 'trail of lies'

2011-11-25 14:28

Johannesburg - A trail of alleged bribes paid to presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj and his wife Zarina was detailed in the Mail & Guardian newspaper on Friday.

The front page headline "The case against Mac" was in stark contrast to last Friday's M&G top story, which read "Censored: A buried trail of lies".

Large sections of copy inside last Friday's newspaper had been blacked out "following threats of legal action by Maharaj", the newspaper said on Friday in an explanation of its "legal fight-back".

It had wanted to publish information which it claimed proved that Maharaj lied in an inquiry called by the now disbanded Scorpions over allegations that, during his time as transport minister from 1994 to 1999, he received kickbacks from French arms and technology company Thales International.

Linked to Schabir Shaik

Maharaj has since brought criminal action against the newspaper and the reporters who wrote the article. The matter is being investigated by the Hawks.

According to the newspaper, the Maharaj's received a series of "benefits" linked to convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik which were apparently intended as bribes.

However, it reported, prosecutors "saw difficulty" proving that the Maharaj's had corrupt intentions in accepting them.

In Maharaj's favour was that he had played no formal role in adjudicating on the two main tenders from which Shaik's Nkobi group benefited - for the bar-coded national drivers' licences and the N3 toll road.

The allegations centre on the tender processes for licence project, which predated the advent of democracy in 1994, and the toll road project.

Trip to Disney World

The benefits allegedly included a trip to Disney World, payments of millions into his bank account and that of his wife, and the importing of a marble table.

The M&G suggested that Shaik could have been repaying money that had gone missing during the struggle era, when he and Maharaj were conduits for ANC money.

However, it wrote: "If Maharaj personally provided funds for the ANC and was later repaid by Shaik, there should be no reason for this not to be disclosed."

The M&G reported that matter was closed by then acting national director of public prosecutions Mokotedi Mpshe in 2008 or 2009.

"It seems the Scorpions were never able to obtain any evidence indicating that Maharaj had exercised any influence over the awarding of contracts to Shaik, given that the decisions were taken by independent bodies, such as the state tender board in the case of the driver's licence contract," the newspaper wrote.

Maharaj's response to the newspaper will be published shortly.

  • Kobus - 2011-11-25 14:37

    Hope they nail this Maharaj and that he does not get a "terminal" illness like his buddy if he goes to jail.

      Jack - 2011-11-25 15:07

      Why is it always the same side of the colour spectrum?

      Jack - 2011-11-25 17:50

      @Nitesh...Please do enlighten me...In your opinion, who's making South Africa an unpleasant place to live in?

      Peter - 2011-11-25 18:05

      @Nitesh - maybe learn to write first before wasting space with such pathetic text!

      Robert - 2011-11-25 18:10

      It takes the right stuff and guts to kick this guys stuff. Hope it happens. IT all about wanting more stuff, Mac has stuck his hands in the white stuff and hope he pays for. It's all about having the most stuff in the ANC. Association for National Criminals. Getting the most stuff than everybody else make you the Right Stuff to represent the ANC stuff. Dont forget the stuff theory. They all want more stuff, do stuff, say stuff and get away with stuff. Stuff the public and the country for they feel stuff-all.

      Gareth - 2011-11-25 18:20

      @Jack - Did you watch Carte Blanche on Sunday ? Seems greed sees no colour bud, its a sad state of affairs. Can we all agree that corruption in whatever colour packaging it comes in is what we detest and will fight against!

      Jack - 2011-11-25 19:01

      @Beastley...REally? Ok well where should we begin....i tell you what...lets begin at our provinces....Who do think has the least corrupt employees Gauteng or the Western Cape? answer that and you may ask the next question.

      Impi - 2011-11-25 19:29

      The question I have for Mac is the following. If you (and all your buddies of all colour) have been stealing since 1994, how can I trust you in my government making the right choices for my people? Were you ever there for the cause of freeing us from oppression or did you know from the outset that this is the way to feather your nest? It is people like you that have turned this democracy into nothing else but a joke. A joke at our expense. If you had a shred of decency, you would resign NOW and get out of this government or are you staying on to comfort your boss and partner?

      Frikkie - 2011-11-25 20:25

      @Nitesh, your mother said exactly that after she was dropped off at her usual spot on one of Hillbrow's corners by your Nigerian buddy

      Impi - 2011-11-26 00:43

      The more I think about this issue, the angrier I become. To think that this country's President is part of this deal and in bed with this bunch of psychopaths from Durban is scary. Whenever something rotten is exposed then the famous Shaik is always there. Isn't it a fabulous place to be living in this South Africa? Crooked judges, crooked President and the Crooked Brothers from Durban and their cronies in power. All walking the blissful road after freedom. If Libya could free themselves from a crazy old man, when will we have the guts to start standing up for ourselves? Are we just going to sit back and watch this Durban Mafia steal us blind or are we going to do something about this by dressing in black on Tuesday and start demanding the truth?

  • yucca.nel - 2011-11-25 14:37

    This is what my homeland is trying to hide so they passed a VERY controversial law to control the media this week. SA takes the 'moc' in de'moc'racy and makes it into a moc-kery.

      Siyanda_Ngobetha - 2011-11-25 16:45

      Racism is terrible.

      Grim - 2011-11-25 17:49

      @ siyanda indeed racism is terrible, such a pity it to see how racist the current government actually is. time for a change..

  • Chris - 2011-11-25 14:38

    Mac Maharaj you've just F'd over your country, what is the first thing you're going to do? I'm going to do to Disney World!

  • Ubabamkhulu - 2011-11-25 14:40

    If the new secrecy bill is in power, does it mean that we on these blogs will also go to jail if we comment on classified information?

      Deon - 2011-11-25 14:46

      Only if you stole the classified info and gave it to the paper, I think.

      AquaticApe - 2011-11-25 14:55

      Viva Wikileaks, Viva!

      pws69 - 2011-11-25 15:41

      Yes. The law is specific. In POSSESSION of classified information. Whether you know it is classified or not is irrelevant. For example, you have a friend in government, he tells you something at a braai, and you comment on it here, but it is classified, you go to jail. More importantly, do you really think ANY newspaper will allow comments without adjudication? Enjoy this fre flow of comments while it lasts.

      notbuyingface - 2011-11-25 15:49

      You morons are lying to each other and then feel good about yourselves, pathetic really. It is untrue that if you posses classified info you automatically go to jail, the bill says you should hand it over to the authorities. Try reading the bill instead of being fed lies by prophets of doom.

      mike.clery - 2011-11-25 17:34

      @notbuyingface - You may be technically correct about possession (not sure about that though), but consider the whole issue of *what* can be classified and by whom. The inclusion of an oversight mechanism doesn't instill any confidence, given how the ruling party has loaded every other one with yes-men by abusing their overwhelming majority. Back to possession: if you don't immediately hand classified material over to the authorities, without disclosing it to anyone, you *will* be in trouble. All things considered, this law provides a very effective mechanism to hide wrongdoing (even criminal wrongdoing) by officials and politicians. But you're right, the people opposing this Bill are "prophets of doom". They're not false prophets though - the threat to the country is very real. Just look at the credentials of some of those you consider "prophets of doom".

      Gareth - 2011-11-25 18:28

      @ Ubabamkhulu - if it is classified as a "Top Secret" and you comment on it I feel, after reading the Bill you may be in trouble. This is how it reads: "to unlawfully communicate, deliver or make available State information classified top secret which an offender knows or ought reasonably to have known or suspected would directly or indirectly benefit another state; or (b) to unlawfully make, obtain, collect, capture or copy a record containing State information classified top secret which an offender knows or ought reasonably to have known or suspected would directly or indirectly benefit another state. (2) It is an offence punishable on conviction by imprisonment for a period not less" So I am not a lawyer, but seems like the laymans reading of it "Shut up and talk when we tell you to talk!"

  • Anthony - 2011-11-25 14:44

    nail him

  • jwdupreez - 2011-11-25 14:53

    MacDonald's launching a new burger this week, its called "The Big Mac Maharaj" , it comes with a free Shaik

      Marion - 2011-11-25 15:06


      Ari - 2011-11-25 16:19

      A Shabbi Shaik, nogal.

  • Eric - 2011-11-25 14:53

    Just another two-bit crook! Snout buried as deep in the trough as any other ANC 'comrade'.

  • Shirley - 2011-11-25 15:05

    I doubt the scorpions looked hard enough or maybe were shut down for getting too close.Maharaj is a thief and why he is still under Zumas protection instead of being suspended whilst further investigation raises lots of red flags!

      jwdupreez - 2011-11-25 15:52

      .....birds of a feather flock together.......and as soon as the Hawks get to "near" the truth 'ol zumpie will "re-integrate" them with the Salvation Army and form a new investigative "organ/prick" lets call them the Vultures atc etc etc ...Yawn

      CALAMITYSA - 2011-11-25 16:17

      He will be sentenced to 15 year and sit for 1 day and then go and play golf with Shaik. He will be found guilty somewhere in 2013. The appeal will be heard in 2015. The cost - to the taxpayer - will be in excess of R2million. Believe it or not?

  • Marion - 2011-11-25 15:10

    I actually don't really understand this except that the Hawks have now zapped the M&G so does that mean that there is some truth in the matter??? Will this tip of the iceberg bring the Titanic down or will it just be a rearrangement of a few of the deck chairs again? Either way the Titanic will go down...

      Herman - 2011-11-25 15:32

      It sinks every time.

      Food Forensics - 2011-11-25 23:51

      haha marion!! had to laugh at you "roflmfao"... ill post you some super glue to stick it back on ok..LOL!

  • sagrenm1 - 2011-11-25 15:18

    But if the Big Mac had remained retired none of this stuff would have been uncovered, how many other retired politicians still have dirty laundry?

      Eric - 2011-11-25 15:35

      Now there's a dangerous question! Better not dig too deep

  • braamc - 2011-11-25 15:21

    These f*cken filthy thieving ANC c*nts think they above the law and will do everything to keep out of jail. Hateful bastards

  • Nigel - 2011-11-25 15:23

    what this guy has done (allegedly) is peanuts compared with other thieves like Malema & co...

  • Thobela - 2011-11-25 15:25


  • SNG62 - 2011-11-25 15:28

    Time to mobilize & vote out the ANC!

  • hpitout - 2011-11-25 15:29

    Pure greed! See - lets hope something comes of it!

  • david.sportsman - 2011-11-25 15:36

    We, the people, who pay these crooks' salaries and sponsor this country are getting fed-up...FED-UP I tell you..!! We are going to stop paying our taxes and then you can jail us ALL and we will break out of jail and come for you, no matter what your skin color is, we will come for you...!! STOP stealing from the people who sponsor this country!!!!

  • Alex - 2011-11-25 15:50

    anyone linked to SS must be dodgy as hell.

  • NickyScott - 2011-11-25 15:56

    This is why there should be no secrets in government. We, the public, have the right to this information and be able to make informed decisions regarding our politicians. Censoring this information will let the fat cats get away with murder without being held accountable. Well done M&G for exposing this.

  • Andre - 2011-11-25 16:09

    Mac is tainted and very sparse with the truth. How does the saying goes - the truth always comes out..... Mac, you and your kind belongs in one place only. Shame on you comrade!

  • Faizie - 2011-11-25 16:22

    Check how he paid for his SLK Merc. Tony Yengeni was the fall guy

  • Deeteem - 2011-11-25 16:27

    You see Big Mac, the wheel turns !! Pappa wag vir jou !!

  • Thabang - 2011-11-25 16:45

    There are two types of crooks in South Africa,the Constitutionalised/ANC and the common type.Mac falls in the Constitutionalised/ANC type.Thus he did not break any rule/law.

  • Gail - 2011-11-25 17:33

    I'm really not sure what to think here. Surely if Mac had just let them go ahead and publish there would not have been anything to hassle about? I mean, if it was missing money that was found that originally was donated to the ANC during the struggle years by outside the country what is the big deal? Have Thales been charged and can they be charged with offering a bribe with concrete proof? Mac was wrong to take the bribe but had they not offered it then he wouldn't have been in any trouble. I think Mac should have just allowed the article to be published without bringing charges against M & G he would have looked a lot more innocent than he does now. Didn't he know about the secrecy bill coming up? The worst thing about these bribes etc is really that the poor needed hospitals and schools and not military weapons. It's the way the money was used that bothers me. What the heck does a trip to Disney have to do with it. Perhaps he paid for that himself and surely he could prove that. I am just so tired of hearing about this whole thing as it seems that we are throwing good money after bad while the legal system scores from the taxpayers.

      Judith - 2011-11-25 20:22

      One day there will BE no more GOOD MONEY.....

  • Cheryl - 2011-11-25 18:19

    Let the Hawks start inevstigating who in the ANC are not guilty of this kind of crime. That would be a lot quicker. Then put the rest back on Robben Island and tourists can catch the boat over to see the Zoo. I respect our new democracy but I cannot respect the ANC leadership any longer........especially as they are taking a big dump on the heads of all the people living in poverty who voted for them again, just recently....

      Food Forensics - 2011-11-25 22:25

      the hawks are about to be disbanded dear lol

  • Neil - 2011-11-25 19:53

    we should all be saluting the M&G for showing courage under fire from ANC threats . Bravo M&G

      H - 2011-11-25 20:00

      Indeed. A free press and independent judiciary are our constitutional shield against the rot at the top.

  • Kevin - 2011-11-25 20:08

    Maharaj is lying fraudster. It is why he is fighting so hard to prevent the public from knowing this. Even worse he has embroiled his wife in his fraud and lies.

  • velastardust - 2011-11-25 20:57

    Like those who believe in Santa Clause, Mac believes the truth will never come out. The truth will ALWAYS come out.Example- Majola & CSA. Mac, sorry dude, your days are numbered.

  • Food Forensics - 2011-11-25 22:56

    OK people lets bugger the CORRUPT HEINOUS CURRENT GOVERNMENT for a minute. We may NOT be able to stop the Government but we can stop the PRIVATE COMPANIES AND CORPORATIONS COMMITTING THE SAME FRAUD AGAINST US? I can provide you all many proofs of ASTRONOMICAL FRAUD AND HEALTH ABUSE that's been committed against ALL of us for more years than can be remembered in the FOOD and Beverage Industry. I expose more and more virtually daily!! One matter known to the SAPS CCU (Hawks) and the NPA and yet they refuse to prosecute for nearly two years. The Government have approved my complaints as absolutely valid in all respects and aspects. SO SERIOUS the matter that the Department of Health and the Department of Agriculture refuse to make the matter public notice for two years. Yet the abuse and fraud continues unabated. What do WE all do with the Heinous CEO's and Chairperson's of these Mega Food Companies and Retailers and Hospitality Groups that knew/know they were ripping the unsuspecting customer and consumer off and continue to do it unabated. Who are they paying off in Government to allow us to be so abused? What do WE as the public do with the Government?? Yes the NCC/CPA know about it,yet they too have adopted a deathly silence. So much for the CPA. So much for the Hawks. So much for the NPA. They are all one big KABAL. You will be horrified and mortified at what you don't know that is going on in the F&B Industry and Hospitality Industry to rip the public off!

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  • Martin - 2011-11-26 01:22

    Its time to scalp this APACHE !!

  • Dewdawn - 2011-11-26 06:48

    And so the story continues to unfold. How to become a billionaire according to the deployed cadre of Luthuli House can be followed in all the main stream media.

  • Ian - 2011-11-26 08:53

    nail the corrupt bastard, he can be the fat alcoholics bum chum in jail

  • Zebelon - 2012-01-22 23:16

    And yet he is a Presidential spokesman. What happened to natural inhibitions to be found in an office that should be held in the highest esteem in the country? We all should be ashamed of ourselves, starting from the President who appointed corruption personified.

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