Maharaj lays charges against M&G

2011-11-19 16:19

Johannesburg - Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj's attorneys laid charges against the Mail & Guardian newspaper and two of its journalists on Saturday.

"Attorneys acting on behalf of Mac Maharaj, laid charges against Mr Sam Sole, Mr Stefaans Brümmer and the Mail & Guardian Newspaper for contravening the provisions of section 41(6) of the National Prosecuting Act of 1998," Maharaj said in a statement.

They also requested the police to investigate whether records of National Prosecuting Authority inquiries had been stolen.

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.

‘Won’t hold up in court’

The Act makes it an offence to disclose evidence gathered in camera by a section 28 inquiry - providing for a maximum penalty of 15 years in jail, reported the Mail & Guardian Online on Thursday evening.

Mail & Guardian editor Nic Dawes said the charges would "not wash in any court", as Maharaj's instigation of legal action leaned heavily on the newspaper's possession - rather than disclosure - of the information.

"The Act pertains to the disclosure of information, [the way the story was published] we did not disclose it," he said.

"There is absolutely no basis in fact or in law for charges to be brought against us. It is clearly a pretext to use the resources of the police to search for information on our sources and the state of our investigation into the arms deal."

Dawes said the newspaper would seek legal advice.

He said he hoped the attention the incident had generated would raise public awareness about threats to press freedom in South Africa.

"The public has the right to know," said Dawes.

  • Larry - 2011-11-19 16:22

    Very Clever of him. Now he can not stop the evidence coming out in court. A very good move from M&G

      Delusion - 2011-11-19 16:39

      No doubt the powerful unfluential and uber connected Mac's case will be funded by you and me - the stupid bottomless tax payer - for the sole purpose to defend is massive EGO Come clean Mac and stop harrassing us. And ubuse our taxes to defend your ego.

      Dirk - 2011-11-19 16:51

      The thieves and criminals are trying to cover up- with state resources

      Robert - 2011-11-19 17:15

      Check Robert Gumede's next move. Mac Maharaj is a puppy against this mongul. Dont they have ties. We want Robert Gumede exposed for what he is.

      goyougoodthing - 2011-11-19 17:20

      Another disgraceful member of the 'ruling party' about to be shown to be as corrupt as the rest. Really, the real prisoners are running the asylum.

      Refilwe IronMan Rakoma - 2011-11-19 20:41

      The more I read your comments the more I understand why Robert kicked the whole lot of you out of Zim. Feel free to not like this comment.

      Irene - 2011-11-19 21:02

      @Refilwe ~ The more I read your comments, the more I understand why Africa is in the state it is and always will be. Feel free to not like this comment too.

      John - 2011-11-20 00:24

      Mac Maharaj knows that Gorbachov started PRIVATISATION before 1985. The chinese admitted in 1997, when they got Hong Kong back, that China was 50 years behind Hong Kong. The indians have dropped the central control economic system, so loved by the ANC, Association of National Criminals, doing Abortion Murder and Genocide. And Mac Maharaj was involved all the way, ordering the death of People who refused to strike in the old days. He was there when the ANC bought submarines, corvettes and fighter planes, but refused to buy medication for 5 Million aids sufferers. He was there when they tried to pass Benzene off as Virodene, to kill off the 5 Million aids sufferers. He was there when they decided to kill 800 000 South African babies Abortionist; Murderer; Genocider!

      Denise - 2011-11-20 10:27

      Maharaj was the commander and master brain of the dreadful “Operation Vula” during the 1980’s when the ANC shifted the focus of their terrorist bombing from 20% to 80% civilian targets. He is directly responsible for the coldblooded murder of thousands of innocent men, women and children of all races. He thought nothing of it to plant bombs in shopping centres, fast food restaurants, bars, golf clubs and even hospitals. And what for? All so he and his buddies in the ANC could steal the taxpayers blind in among many others, the now infamous arms deal of 1999.

      akaRags - 2011-11-20 16:34

      @Rafilwe, - seeing as you mention the "whole lot of you" who Mugabe kicked out, just be man enough to say white people........ why not also mention the "little figure" of the 3 million mostly black Zimbabweans who are now living and working in South Africa because of the injustices & persecution they faced, the daily struggle they faced just to live, and those who are left there still do face, under a brutal ZanuPF gvt, who allow little if NO free press. Let's not forget the other 1 million or so, who have gone abroad. Is that how low you want SA to get? Where people are dying of starvation, cholera, HIV (oh yes SA already have a high rate of HIV infection......) Where you have to stand in line with a satchel full of money to buy a basket full of groceries, as once was the situation....... They have just swapped the white farmers for the Chinese developers who are only interested in exploiting Africa for the good of China, to feed their HUGE population, to feed their stomachs and their bank balances - what they get out of Africa they will NOT put back much into it, it will all mostly go back to China. So yes, Mugabe got what he wanted, he kicked most of the whites out, but at what price? At least the white farmers were feeding their own country, a country most of them were born in and called home, unlike the Chinese. There were no petrol or food shortages from 1980 - 2000. Let's hope South Africa does not go down the same road, otherwise it will be ripe for Chinese pickings.

      Vince.York - 2011-11-21 10:27

      Amazing that a Gupta guppy or two hasn't surfaced here or there from the murky depths of swamp scavenging - for a while as well. Since "that" government inner circle mouthpiece rag started publishing - that name has also effectively been censored into silence and every single tender along with it too. Is this attack on M&G a series of legal loopholes that team Menzi Simelane must support in the transformation of Justice to suit a certain agenda's guidelines, now being ferret style prompted by Moegoe and Hlophe under the baby-face (no longer) umbrella orchestrated by Kwa-Zuma Incorporated and the sudden about turn in "investigations allowed"? Could it be that from the dead and gone Modise through a Long List, that each has more than 783 skeletons?

      Sheik - 2011-11-21 11:12

      Check Mate

  • Cheech - 2011-11-19 16:23

    Go M& good thing! Mac was involved in the arms deal...sod him...slimy piece of work!

  • Shirley - 2011-11-19 16:29

    Now we see why the information bill is so VITAL to ruling party. Dont have to worry about a leak!

      Martin - 2011-11-19 17:44

      He's testing to see the reviews and ammend the bill to suit . Don't give him anything .

      Denise - 2011-11-20 10:37

      Typical ANC...if they cannot get their way inside the law then they simply break the law or change the law.... they will use every dirty trick in the book to get the likes of Nic Dawes (M&G editor) jailed for 25 years if they reveal any of the ANC corruption scandals

  • CALAMITYSA - 2011-11-19 16:37

    Typical. Mac - admit and let it be. It might be a lot worse if the truth is eventually published. Don't be like the rest of the ministers and police commissioners.

  • Thabo - 2011-11-19 16:50

    Mr Maharaj has a right, in return for is co-operation with the investigation, to non-disclosure of his interview. That he must have been told when he agreed to it. The newspaper were not stopped from publishing it by a court order, but by the fact that doing so would be illegal. He simply pointed the fact to them and they retracted. Now he should be congradulated for stopping a criminal dead in his tracks before the crime is commited. Journalism in SA is a disgrace. The truth might never be known because the 4th estate is more interested in sensationalism than good quality work. It's their fault for attempting tomake their own front page the scene of a crime.

      Delusion - 2011-11-19 17:16

      It's not journalism "that is a disgrace". The arms deal is the REAL disgrace. This issue should never have arisen in the first place - if is was not for your disgraceful currupt government and heros comrades cadres (you keep on voting for until Jesus comes) who clinched the corrupt arms deal in the first place. I find it amusing yet distasteful that your sentiments are against the free press who try to stop the coorupt tsunami. No, instead your sentiments seems to be with thugs the ANC has been hosting and protecting dutifully and loyally all along since the scandal surficed. Where is your patriotism?

      Dominic - 2011-11-19 17:31

      Absolutely spot on Thabo. Mac Maharaj has called the bluff and the M&G's flimsy theatrics are shown up as rank cowardice. The M&G should have worked out that Mac was going to go after them and anyone else who tries this on. What did they think he was going to do?

      goyougoodthing - 2011-11-19 17:45

      You people are so stupid, so eager to serve the ruling party in spite of all the evidence. You actually deserve your own country because your actions, by voting, also affect the intelligent members of SA, the 5% who pay tax and pay for your ministers

      rory.short1 - 2011-11-19 17:52

      Do you know what Maharaj was being quizzed about? I presume you do not and now you won't be able to find out either at least through the press. Legally everything is being shrouded in mystery. What if it was about the misuse of State Funds, yours and my money? The fact is it is impossible to run a healthy democracy if things which the voters need to know about are shrouded in mystery.

      Rob - 2011-11-19 18:17

      @Thabo: What is your version of the truth? It must be clear to you that there is more than one truth, the strentgh of a democratic country is that many versions are open for debate. Stifle that debate and you are sliding one way down a very slippery slope. Obviously there also has to be the right to privacy and the right to impartial recourse through the courts. But using the mechanics of the state to supress information and protect criminals is dangerous and utterly dectructive.

      Alan - 2011-11-19 22:09

      @Refilwe, thank you for defending me and trying to make me feel welcome. I too will defend you and try to make you feel welcome. Thabo, you too. But this story from the M&G exposes the truth, not a lie. Would you rather that the press does not print the truth and does not let us know what is going on? Would you rather that this whole scandal gets swept under the rug as if it never happened? I would think that what people fought for was freedom, including freedom of speech and the press. If the DA does something sinister, I want to know about it. It will seriously make me consider changing my vote. Why should the ruling party be immune?

      pws69 - 2011-11-19 22:39

      THabo, I think the point is that NOTHING has come of the arms deal "investigstion" and that Mac is complicit in it. My view is the moment a person commits a crime, he has forfeited any and ALL rights. My view may seem a bit extreme, but to take the emotion out of it, look at countries like the US and UK where these governments have used these "rights" to ensure their elite are never prosecuted. If you have nothing to hide, then why try to hide it. I'll back the 4th estate, even with all their faults, over a dishonest government any day of the week.

      idoljack - 2011-11-19 23:14

      get a life - and save south africa from the likes of Mahrahj...

      Denise - 2011-11-20 10:12

      This week the M&G found out what the ANC thinks of the constitution of South Africa… Nothing! They wipe their backsides with the constitution. They feel nothing for freedom of speech or the public's interest. As long as they can steal taxpayer’s money and nobody complains all is OK. So Maharaj, who was one of the main brains involved in the arms deal, censored them. What the M&G found out was that Maharaj lied under oath to the Scorpions (now known as the Hawks) and to prove this the M&G had to quote certain transcripts. The questions thus far is.... 1) If he did nothing illegal and the bribe money he received was innocent, why did he lie under oath? 2) If he did nothing illegal, what is he trying to hide by gagging the newspaper?

      sb.prins1 - 2011-11-21 11:05

      Investigators suspect that bribes of over one billion rand were paid to facilitate the deal.[5] Jacob Zuma, Thabo Mbeki, Schabir Shaik and his brother Chippy Shaik and the late Joe Modise have all been mentioned.[5] [6]Andrew Feinstein, an ANC Member of Parliament and the former African National Congress leader of Parliament's public accounts watchdog Scopa, resigned when the party moved to curtail investigations into the arms deal. He wrote a book called After the Party with an insider's view of the process. Whistleblower Patricia de Lille alleged in Parliament that she had evidence of three payments by warship supplier Thyssen-Krupp on January 29, 1999, each of R500,000, to the ANC, to the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund and to the Community Development Foundation, a Mozambique charity associated with Mandela's wife, Graça Machel.[2]

      Thabo - 2011-11-21 22:41

      I don't care much whether Mr Maharaj is guilty or innocent, only that the truth must come out and if he is indeed implicated, must face the concequences. But you can't excuse the media for shoddy work and criminal conduct. We read the trash they churn out all the time and accept it as fact. We also want to defend their criminal acts because we beleive it is "in the public interest". If you're ever close to a story or the people implicated in it you'll know how much facts are distorted and blatant lies told by the holier than though 4th estate. They know that by not divulging their source they are habouring a criminal who stole and gave them the info. They also know they can misrepresent any facts to sensationalise the story. If they have the courage of their conviction then they must publish and be damned by the laws. Yes, I hate corruption as much as all you lot, but the brown envelope media we have in SA is, I repeat, a disgrace.

  • Hermann - 2011-11-19 16:59

    Let us hope Maharaj walked into the trap and in court must, in his own defence, divulge what he is keeping secret. The wheel turns.

  • Shoe - 2011-11-19 17:01

    My question is: Just WHY was the color of the blocks used in the M&G article BLACK? Why not white or some other color, like PimpPurple? Why Black, why?

      Shoe - 2011-11-19 17:25

      Ohhhh puhleez people , just put on your humor shoes for once. Jeez whats up with this stoicims, South Africa? Malema has hurt y'all in many ways than you can ever imagine!!!

      Tony - 2011-11-19 17:29

      Black ink is the cheapest.

      Shoe - 2011-11-19 18:24

      I thought the world went paperless and inkless about a decade ago, Tony. Microsoft word provides PimpPurple for free.And Tippex is white. Why Black????

      CALAMITYSA - 2011-11-19 20:40

      It's not a technicolor paper

      pws69 - 2011-11-19 22:41

      I'd like to see a nice violet! Maybe black ink is just cheaper (because of bulk purchasing power -eish, just managed to head off that one), and they are cost conscious? :-)

      Fred - 2011-11-20 04:30

      They used black in in the apartheid era too to highlight censorship. Get a life and get over the colour of your skin.

  • Danie - 2011-11-19 17:03

    The whole tradegy is : Macs geat grand children i.s.o. being proud of the legacy of their great grand father, would now be shy of their heritage. A friend of mine once said his father was a skollie in his younger days . Could there be any worst feeling , than that if you children or grandchildren refer to you as a criminal?

      Cracker - 2011-11-19 19:34

      We as South Aficans ask no more or no less than the facts. Then we can form our opinions and either feed our fantasies or starve our fantasies. It is our democratic right. If politicians and other public figures don't like it, well, we do not force them to cling to their positions. Goodbye.

  • raymond.kok3 - 2011-11-19 17:08

    post the petition M & G I WILL PUT MY PAW ON IT.To hell with that has been hippy expose whatever you have please

      Grant - 2011-11-19 17:17


  • Anno - 2011-11-19 17:17

    Can the info be "leaked" to Wikileaks...?

  • Kevin - 2011-11-19 17:26

    What a stupid F#ck. This is every ones country and as voters we are entitled to know all and every thing about how badly the government is doing , when they rip us off , who did it . If any of our soft judges had to even consider your case then we are already suffering under the info bill.M+G are sorting you . Heh Heh . STAMP OUT THE DISHONEST ,CORRUPT THUGS .

      Jimmy - 2011-11-19 18:43

      Spot on Kevin - but that's the nature of a thug - cover up your tracks

      George - 2011-11-19 19:47

      We are all share holders in SA and have the right to know what is going on in SA. Weather good or bad.

      Irene - 2011-11-19 21:08

      So now I understand the world according to Refilwe. Because the slimeball Maharaj went to jail because of his actions, he is a hero in Refilwe's eyes. Being a hero means you can do, say, steal, along with being as corrupt as you want to without consequences. No wonder Africa is in the state it's in and always will be. Hero my ass!

      Yar - 2011-11-20 11:00

      @ Refillable IronBrain Inakoma Fighting for democracy and spending time on Robben Island does not give you the right to steal, lie, cheat and be corrupt.

  • rory.short1 - 2011-11-19 17:36

    The sad fact is politics has a particular attraction for people who only want to serve themselves. That is why freedom of the press is absolutely vital for the healthy functioning of a democracy so that the public can hear what nefarious things these folk might be getting up to. Section 41(6) of the National Prosecuting Act of 1998 is clearly an erosion of press freedom and should be tested in the Constitutional Court. Maharaj is obviously not much of a supporter of a free press as he is invoking that very section.

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2011-11-19 17:58

    What you hiding now. ??? It's is going to surface . Get ready to wipe the crap off the fan.

      Sheik - 2011-11-19 22:09

      Looking for another free Disneyland trip?

  • Kevin - 2011-11-19 18:11

    Only one reason for Maharaj's actions, HE HAS SOMETHING TO HIDE. He is as corrupt as are the rest of the ANC people involved in the arms deal.

      Refilwe IronMan Rakoma - 2011-11-19 18:37

      Before you make a loose comment at least google search Mac and you will a million great things this man has done for this country, it is men like Mac that called for a political solution instead of war, papers like the mail and guardian seek to undermine the ANC and our most loved heroes with it, I stand to be corrected but I have never heard a story about the factions that exist in the DA and how the party has been infiltrated by the old national party (helen zille being the good guy in resisting their intentions). I have never heard a story about how sun city has declared a loss for the last 8 years, while taking what should be tax money out of this country. I have never heard a story convicting Lonmin of making billions from their mines in the north west while the Bapo people, the landowners, live in shacks and young boys sit under tree's without hope. Yet men like Mac have told our people bed time stories about how one day everything will turn in their favour. Its sad, we black people have done everything to make white people feel apart of this country, there where a few that wanted to rape and destroy your legacy but we fought for your rights and freedom. What will it take for you to believe that we want and need you in this country as one.

      Cracker - 2011-11-19 19:36

      How about just giving us South AFricans the facts? We will make up our own minds. What's wrong with such an approach?

      Irene - 2011-11-19 21:10

      @Refilwe ~ If the people you regard as 'heroes' hadn't stolen well over 30 billion, maybe people wouldn't be living in shacks and maybe young boys wouldn't be sitting under trees without hope. Think boet, think!

      Thozi - 2011-11-19 21:35

      Tragic, that's all I can say. Reading the drivel written by Refilwe and the shallow reasoning behind it, one can only pray that one day all SA's population will be mentally emancipated. I'm thinking particularly about the socalled ANC supporters who follow the party blindly with unquestionable loyalty. The sad thing is that they believe they are the sole and legitimate "owners" Of South Africa. Worst still, that their leaders have "earned" the justification to be corrupt.

      akaRags - 2011-11-19 21:43

      @Rafilwe Rakoma, "What will it take for you to believe that we want and need you in this country as one". Thank you for that particular comment, (and I don't mean it sarcastically) It's a point where we can meet in the middle. Whites ARE a part of this country and always will be unless EVERY single white man, woman and child flees this country or is killed, heaven forbid the latter. My ID/passport states that I am a South African CITIZEN, South Africa is where Iive & it is also my home and no one can take that away from me. Most of us whites pay our taxes - and not all of us are rich miners or business people, many of us have jobs with salaries that are not excessive and that get our families through the month, if only just and many also live from hand to mouth. I certainly don't believe the majority of black people are incompetent or without good will, and I've certainly seen people of ALL races who do lack competency & have no good will, but I can only hope they are the minority of the citizens of this country. That said, surely in a free country it is also the right of whites, as law abiding & tax paying citizens, to voice their opinions without fear of being persecuted or labelled ungrateful and racist, because they do not agree with certain gvt policies?

      Sheik - 2011-11-21 11:27

      At Refilwe Ironman Rakoma, One bad deed cancels all the good done. To help you:- A priest that helps a hundred boys make a good life for themselves, is not good if he raped two while showing them the way.

  • Rob - 2011-11-19 18:22

    @Thabo ans all that share your perspective. You have every right to your version of the truth, as I have mine. I absolutely do not agree with you, BUT I will shout as loud as you, and louder, to defend your right to hold and discuss your version.

  • Sheik - 2011-11-19 18:40

    Mac must know you don't start an ink fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel.

  • errol.wagner - 2011-11-19 18:54

    If he has nothing to hide he would be quite happy for the M & G to disclose it- I hope that the tax payer will not be paying for his legal costs.

  • Vegi - 2011-11-19 19:22

    The mail & guardian is anti-goverment, so all its machinations must be seen in that light. In my opinion it is a very evil newspaper.

      Cracker - 2011-11-19 20:35

      We all long for the truth and the facts. It is a noble endeavour by whoever to bring us reality.

      Irene - 2011-11-19 21:11

      What's wrong Vegi? Because the Mail & Guardian doesn't bow to the ANCrime Syndicate it makes them an evil newspaper? What part of the truth do you think is evil?

      Yar - 2011-11-20 11:02

      @ Irene What is wrong with Vegi? Firstly his heroes appear to be crooks. Secondly he is a blind supporter of the ANC's socialist bull. He does not even want to exercise any independent thought. He dislikes the facts that the M&G is in possession of. It challenges his perceptions, hence he labels M&G evil. If the veidence exists and is real, only the criminals will challenge it, by saying that the truth is invalid because it was improperly obtained. Vegi is part of the problem.

  • Vegi - 2011-11-19 19:26

    The majority of our people who own this country do not approve of what the mail & guardian is doing. The others who have their loyalties elsewhere approve of the evil deeds of this paper.

      braamc - 2011-11-19 19:47

      How is this "owning" going for you dude?

      Refilwe IronMan Rakoma - 2011-11-19 20:03

      I am with you my good man.

      Jeffrey - 2011-11-19 20:07

      The M&G has always exposed government malfeasance going back to the days when the Afrikaner Nationalist apartheid government was forever taking their predecessor to court to prevent it publishing the truth about their wrongdoing. There's nothing "evil" about revealing corruption, or perhaps it's only "evil" when ANC corruption is revealed?

      Cracker - 2011-11-19 20:39

      The majority of this country's citizens, in fact ALL this country's citizens, are entitled to know what is going on behind the many screens. In other words, once again, we are all entitled and allowed what the facts are on which we should judge those in power. Those in power will agree, unless of course they have reasons of their own not to let the man/woman in the street be witnesses to the truth.

      Irene - 2011-11-19 21:12

      Viva M&G Viva! The people who 'own' this country ie. the taxpayers, fully approve of what you're doing. Expose these thieving swines and keep up the good work.

      Thozi - 2011-11-20 00:40

      @Vegi: Now that you "own this country", I suppose you also own the right to destroy it? The only problem is that you're destroying it for your children, and unfortunately for ours as well. When are you going to wake up and realise the damage you are doing? If Maharaj has nothing to hide, why on earth is he afraid of the truth? This is the same man who once claimed that Mr Bolelani Ngcuka was once an apartheid spy. He had lied and was proven wrong by a judicial investigation. Do you know why he had lied? Because Mr Ngcuka as the then head of the Scorpions, wanted to investigate the arms deal! Mr Ngcuka is also black like us and also a top ANC man. But he wanted a clean South Africa.

      Schalk - 2011-11-20 06:41

      Vegi, The Bible teaches me that 'the earth belongs to the Lord and the fullness thereof,' yet you speak of 'the majority of our people who own this country.' Could you show me the 'title deeds please?

      frank.hartry - 2011-11-20 12:53

      This ANC government is proving to be the most corrupt government in the history of South Africa. Even its stalwart head of Investigations Willie Hoffmeyr says that it is looting as much as R30 billion a year though corruption and incompetence. To think that they are actually stealing money meant for the poor. Millions who are living in shacks without running water. This ANC regime is worse than the apartheid regime according to Tutu. Its massive corruption is a crime against the humanity of South Africa. Most South Africans will be praying for its downfall one day just as the Zimbabwean people are praying for the evil Mugabe and his ZANUPF regime to be cast into the dustbins of history. ZANUPF and the ANC are uncannily similar.

      Sheik - 2011-11-21 11:34

      Vegi, I looked at you profile, for a moment there I thought you were Malema writing as "vegi", but remember he had this computer fear thing.

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  • - 2011-11-19 19:57

    Hopefully it all comes out in the wash... kudos to M&G... In what capacity are they being taken on ... In Mac's personal capacity or in the name of the government?

  • Jeffrey - 2011-11-19 20:11

    @Ironman, The difference between Lonmin and Southern Sun and the government is that the government is using taxpayer funds in corruption. You may not like what Lonmin and Southern Sun are doing, but they are using private investors money to make a profit, they are not using taxpayers money to line their own pockets.

  • Cracker - 2011-11-19 20:43

    Our longing for the truth can no longer be allowed to go unsatisfied. If the M&G can no longer be allowed to satisfy the need then there must be other ways. All we want is the truth. No court cases or threats. Trust South Africans to make up their own minds.

  • Cracker - 2011-11-19 20:47

    Race and stuggles and political philosophies and the law are not substitutes for the truth and facts. The latter are all we ask. All of us. No matter what our political affiliatins or religion or philosophy. Just what is factual. We can then decide where the facts fit in with our individual approaches to life. What is so unreasonable about our wishes?

  • melissalarajones - 2011-11-19 20:48

    I really don't think it matters what colour the man is, or what political party he belongs to, or what other deeds he may or may not have been party to in the past. Corruption is corruption, and if he's been involved in something that amounts to corruption, then expose it! I see a FAT portion of my salary disappear into the government's budget every month, and I would very much like to know that it's not being mis-spent. This arms deal has had a very rotten smell about it from the start. Let's get the truth out, for once and for all, so that we can move on now.

  • Irene - 2011-11-19 21:01

    Mac Maharaj is a slimey little man. Wouldn't trust him to cut my toe nails.

      Helmut - 2011-11-20 13:17

      @ Irene Or lick my a....

  • Ian - 2011-11-20 03:36

    i hope my fave newspaper counter sues and burys the corrupt anc ass licker

  • eradingoana - 2011-11-20 08:23

    Possibly poor Maharaj is afraid that some of his comrades might know what he told the scorpions about them. what a threat to media freedom

  • Alwyn - 2011-11-20 08:29

    and so the rot continues....while cover-ups become the rule of the day!

  • peter.retief - 2011-11-20 09:00

    Well done M&G, STOP laws that protect misappropriation of public funds

  • comurray - 2011-11-20 09:51

    I was under the impression that news media was there to keep the general public informed on various aspects of news which certain government officials decline to print the truth. Keep it up M&G you are doing the public a favour and not treating us like mushrooms.

  • Yar - 2011-11-20 10:03

    I have just watched an interview of Mac Maharaj by Justice Malala on e-News. Mac Maharaj was arrogant, evasive and clearly in a corner. In my humble opinion, he is a liar and is as guilty as sin.

  • comurray - 2011-11-20 10:09

    Can anyone imagine what would happen by a slim chance the arms deal was made public and all those who were given millions in bribes were named and shamed? We all realise that this will never happen. The Macs are just covering their own arses when media blackouts become the order of the day.

      Yar - 2011-11-20 11:04

      @ Comurray I hope you are wrong.

  • Cheryl - 2011-11-20 12:26

    Knew he was also dodgy....anyone close to Zuma is- (Cele etc) (and anyone in the ANC distant from him is also suspect hahahaha). This is better than Isidingo . The ANC is harvesting this country and taking a dump on the heads of the poor...yawn just another day in Africa....Maybe vote DA next time ?

  • Rohin - 2011-11-21 12:52

    I love the fact that in an interview on etv he was asked in simple english. "Did you accept a bribe? " - his response was that he will not answer these questions. Surely if you're not guilty you'd say no. Nail the guy along with all these other corrupt people. Clean up time!!!

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