Maharaj to meet with lawyer

2011-11-28 12:17

Johannesburg - Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj and his lawyer are still to discuss the City Press's republication of portions of a closed interview with the Scorpions in 2003.

"I haven't had time to consult Mr Maharaj, [it will be] either late this afternoon [Monday] or early tomorrow [Tuesday]," Maharaj's attorney, Rudi Krause, said on Monday morning.

After that they will decide on a course of action.

The interview the City Press reported on was about payments to Maharaj and his wife via convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik.

Maharaj, spokesperson for President Jacob Zuma, has also referred all queries on this matter to Krause.

Criminal charge

On Sunday City Press questioned why Maharaj chose to lay a charge against Mail & Guardian (M&G) editor Nic Dawes and investigative journalists Stefaans Brummer and Sam Sole, for obtaining a transcript of an interview he and his wife Zarina had with the Scorpions, the now defunct investigative arm of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

The M&G wanted to report on November 18 that Maharaj allegedly lied during an interview with the Scorpions in 2003, over the payments and wanted to base the report on a transcript of the interview.

But Maharaj threatened to prosecute them in terms of Section 41(6) of the National Prosecuting Authority Act of 1998, which makes it an offence to disclose information gleaned during that particular inquiry without the permission of the national director of public prosecutions.

City Press reported Krause as saying: "I can give you the assurance that should you even republish the 2007 article, we will lay a criminal charge against you and the newspaper...

"Should you publish now, it will serve to confirm that you or the newspaper are still in the unlawful possession of the documentation."

On Saturday November 19, Maharaj laid a charge at the Parkview police station in Johannesburg based on the alleged unlawful obtaining of the documents.

The interviews were reportedly conducted during an interview with the Scorpions in terms of Section 28 of the NPA Act.

This interview grants the subject immunity from prosecution for implicating themselves, provided they tell the truth.

Money transfers

The City Press on Sunday said it could not understand why Maharaj did not lay similar charges against the paper when it originally published the information in question.

The reports so far say that money was transferred to accounts associated with Maharaj and his wife Zarina and that the transfers were around the time of milestones being reached in certain contracts being negotiated in the transport department when Maharaj was transport minister.

Bidders included French arms and technology company Thomson CSF, now Thales, and a company of President Jacob Zuma's former financial adviser, Shaik, and the accounts the payments to the Maharajs came from had links with Shaik's company accounts.

Shaik is on medical parole after being sentenced for corruption and fraud relating to an arms supply agreement between the government and Thales.

Last week at the National Press Club, Maharaj said: "I have not been involved in corruption, bribery or broken any law."

He took issue with the amount of time the M&G gave him to respond to the paper's questions, and suggested there was an ulterior motive to "renewed" investigations.

"Given that at the National Press Club I refused to speculate about the 'coincidence' of the renewed investigations relating to my wife and I by certain newspapers over the last two months, and given the sudden outpouring of articles and reports calling on me to resign my job and/or for President Zuma to dismiss me, and in the light of your first question, it now appears to me that the real target of this 'renewed' interest is not Mac Maharaj but President Zuma and his administration."

A spokesperson for the Hawks, who are investigating the case Maharaj opened, was not immediately available to comment.

The M&G has written to the NPA asking for permission to use the transcripts.

  • Larry - 2011-11-28 12:24

    He is going to need a Lawyer, but not for what he thinks. The Crook is going down, with no assistance from his comrades forthcoming.

      procold2 - 2011-11-28 13:13

      when are people going to wake,the ANC is so corrupt and are steal our tax money, please people lets vote right annd get a proper oposition in

      Gary - 2011-11-28 13:24

      I think u got it wrong Gary. He will be protected. It is not like they did not know all this before. Just watch them string it out for as long as they can until they can think of a plan to sweep it under the carpet.

      Kobus - 2011-11-28 13:25

      Poloyatonki, they dont need to media to destroy them. They are doing a very good job of this themselves.

      Thozi - 2011-11-28 14:19

      This guy, P...yatonki, what a name! Are you for real?

  • George - 2011-11-28 12:31

    Dear Mac, did you or your wife receive payments for tenders which were awarded to companies whilst you were in charge? Yes or no? If the answer is yes stop wasting everyone's' time and money and face the music.

      David - 2011-11-28 13:29

      @Poloyatonki Just like Jackie Selebi and Bheki Cele..LOL

      Alva - 2011-11-28 14:04

      @Poloyantonki. You are such an awesome troll. Now that Malema has decided to become a boer, YOU are the new IT!

  • ludlowdj - 2011-11-28 12:44

    Its amazing how the Presidents spokes person is the first to use the secrecy act to cover up his own alleged corrupt dealings. Irrespective of any outcome in his matter against the newspapers, this mans delusions of grandeur have done nothing but mark him as a target to be investigated and brought to justice no matter what.

      Lionel - 2011-11-28 14:40

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  • Andre - 2011-11-28 12:50

    It is very obvious that Maharaj should be investigated and not the M&G! Dramat is clearly exposing his biasness towards his corrupt comrades and have no intention to expose corruption in the ANC government - just another "puppet" cadre deployed to protect the corrupt JZ and his cronies.

  • Shirley - 2011-11-28 12:51

    the criminal can lay charges so that his guilt cannot be exposed!! Realy this freeloader must go to jail along with his a'shaiky" bud. With NO "Im dying" get out of jail free card!!!! If the government had any consience they should be as embaressed as hell. Today when you apply for a job they run a criminal background check but NO ONE in the current government was aware of any of this?????????? Theyre all in it-just the depth varies!

      salome.bezuidenhout - 2011-11-28 13:17

      Now you know why Shaik got parole:-) He's worried that prison walls would talk if the walls did not disappear

  • Chris - 2011-11-28 13:01

    This man disgraced all South African's and it is incomprehensible that he still gets paid a fortune of our tax money. Then maybe it is understandable that he acts as he does because he has a mentor, Jacob Zuma, who has been trained by the Shaik's on how the dance the political fandango of the corrupt genre.

      Lionel - 2011-11-28 14:42

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  • Stevie - 2011-11-28 13:10

    Will the real slim shady please stand up.

  • Jacob - 2011-11-28 13:18

    Was it the MalEnema who said if you dare to disagree with the ANC you get disciplined, but if you steal public money you are protected. We are a corrupt country, our commander in chief is the chief corrupter. I repeat previous question " Why must we tolerate being ruled by criminals?"

  • Bruce - 2011-11-28 13:18

    I say the NPA should allow the docs to be published so that we know what is going on. Mr Maharaj which camp are you backing? Are you on JZ's or Tokyo's camp, who ever is doing this is finishing you for good. It's funny how you claimed former president of the republic Thabo Mbeki was screwing all of you to hold on to political power of in the country but now you guys are on a smear campaign. Strange how to day you call it each other comrades and tomorrow sworn enemies. What we see here is what Mr Mbeki was afraid of, I say going ahead and split the party that our brothers/Sisters/Mothers/Fathers/Friends sacrificed their lives for in order to free the republic. To jail all of you must and the learnered intergrals to take over, make no mistake I am an ANC Member but I am anoyed by what is happening to our beloved ANC.

      Jerhone - 2011-11-28 14:42

      the only way to save them is to vote them out, after a 5 year lay off they will miss their easy money and perform like the people want them to, not just steal all and do nothing for the poor, you can vote for them again after 5 years, it will teach them that the voters hold all the power and not them

      Lionel - 2011-11-28 14:44

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  • Mthunzi - 2011-11-28 13:19

    It all started with Mac being called into the Presidency, then Zuma announces the arms deal enquiry and now all these leaks on how he took bribes. "Keep your friends close and keep your enemies even closer"

      Bruce - 2011-11-28 14:50

      i think you have explained it well, Shadow.

  • George - 2011-11-28 13:47

    Do you realy think mac will tell his lawyer the truth or just keep lying to him.

      Peter - 2011-11-28 14:26

      Mac will lie as long as he doesn't have to pay his lawyers fees. Big deal while he's throwing our money away.

  • Alva - 2011-11-28 14:07

    Mac thinks his lawyer has a magic wand. Epic fail!

  • Thozi - 2011-11-28 14:10

    The minute a person rejects the accusation without responding specifically and factually to the accuser, we already know what happened and who to believe. It has happened before and it's becoming a culture of our politics: run around enlisting the services of your lawyers, try and muzzle the informer, pass laws that would make the provision of the truth illegal, replace the law-enforcing structure with a meek one, etc. Then, continue to rip off the state coffers the South African way...

      Lionel - 2011-11-28 14:45

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  • Jerhone - 2011-11-28 14:32

    the snake is meeting with the rat

      Lionel - 2011-11-28 14:47

      May be, but which one is the snake and which one is the rat? Let's get all snakes and rats exposed on

      Thozi - 2011-11-28 15:12

      @ jerhone: This one is difficult for me. From what I understand, it's only Mr Maharaj who's meeting his lawyer, Mr Krause. Both are going to discuss... oh, sorry,I see what you mean. Lionel, I'm visiting that site now.

  • proudlysa - 2011-11-28 16:00

    Let's hope Juju and his "camp" will dish up some more dirt on Zuma and his "camp".....whilst they will have fun doing this hopefully the rest of SA will realise how rotten they all are. Imagine how wonderful it will be if Zuma and Juju can both be ousted because of this...Good riddance I'd say. Mothlanthe is so much more of a Statesman and can at least think, and all is not about protecting himself and his cronies at the expence of the country

  • Maureen Webster - 2011-11-29 18:28

    Money grabbing glutton. If you steal , U can't justify it by blaming the person that caught U, FFS.

  • walter.rademeyer.5 - 2013-02-01 10:02

    Only one way to let him sing.Wire him up to 12volt connected to his balls,see how the bird will sing.!

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