Relative reveals Maharaj's 'dirty secret'

2013-02-01 08:25

Pretoria - The sister-in-law of presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj has revealed that she knew about alleged corrupt payments made into a secret Swiss bank account.

Shirene Caim told the Mail&Guardian that she knew of the bank account opened in Geneva by Maharaj’s wife Zarina into which money was paid, allegedly obtained from kickbacks on a 1990 contract for new drivers’ licences.

The payments in 1996 flowed from a subsidiary of French multinational company Thales, via a Swiss account controlled by Schabir Shaik.

Maharaj was minister of transport in 1996 when Thales subsidiary IDMatics, in consortium with Shaik, bid for the contract to produce the new credit card-style drivers’ licences.

Caim, who lives in London and is an uMkhonto weSizwe veteran, has had a strained relationship with her sister, but it apparently deteriorated after she learned of the bank account.

In a recent email to the Mail&Guardian she said: “I’d hoped that by now, justice would prevail.”

The Scorpions investigated Maharaj regarding the bank account but the case was withdrawn in 2009.

  • sean.odonnell.1466126 - 2013-02-01 08:29

    ..and the worms come out of the wood work.He can share a cell with JZ - the sooner the better.

      Anton - 2013-02-01 08:51

      Unfortunately, it will never happen! - 2013-02-01 09:10

      The ONLY way to resolve corruption is to put BOTH parties in JAIL ... the one who PAYS and the one who RECEIVES!! No fines JAILTIME with bubba!!! that will work for sure

      charlesbronson.bronson - 2013-02-01 09:11

      He and J Z are all thief's!

      alisha.abad.7 - 2013-02-01 09:12

      This is just the tip of the iceberg with this dodgy snake. Here is another scoop for the press. It is alleged the reason Winnie Mandela is so damn quiet these days, and made no noise against Zuma at Manahung was because she was paid a multi million Rand hush fee into a foreign bank account, channeled by a top insurance company. This was apparently part of a deal for this company to secure a lucrative government insurance slice of the cake. Keep digging free press ... keep digging.

      carl.debeer.52 - 2013-02-01 09:41

      Papa wag vir jou...

      lownabester - 2013-02-01 09:47

      Be careful hell has no fury than a mad sister-in-law, Fuuny how someone will alwsy speak up after a family fight, Well we all knew Maharay's hands had never been clean,

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-02-01 09:49

      He will fall ill long before the time.

      facts.peter - 2013-02-01 09:51

      @ Sean... The ANC leaders are one of the most dangerous "Mafia's" in the world, never mind SA. All in the name of Madiba.

      facts.peter - 2013-02-01 09:53

      @Concerned... They are the Pappa.

      johancc.dutoit - 2013-02-01 09:56

      Rotten to the core.

      travis.vermaak - 2013-02-01 10:06

      Wonder how well Mac plays golf?

      saamprater.saampraat - 2013-02-01 10:36

      And there I was thinking he did politics for the love of the people. Eish, my blond moment

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-02-01 10:42

      @imraan, you would also changed your name if you posted biased BS like she did about other people. But back to the story. Why is everyone so surprised? He is a ANC member, ANC=corruption, no surprise there.

      motlalepula.sompane - 2013-02-01 14:43

      case withdrawn in 2009? aint it about the same time JZ case/s was/were dropped? fishy fishy fishy

      bullet.proof.9400 - 2013-02-01 16:18

      Just look at that face, and to believe he has the vote and zunas ear. where ther is smoke there's fire Maharaj

      shades.wanza - 2013-02-01 18:00

      If, by some miracle, the opposition won the next election. the whole friggin ANC would be in jail for corruption along with the Gupta's ,Shaik and Reddy. the whole lot.

      peter.woods.142 - 2013-02-02 08:28

      Robben Island still exists,send them back.

      Bullet Proof - 2013-02-02 18:05

      They all have the fingers in the cookie pot!!!!

      moriri.mosweu - 2013-02-02 18:29

      look at his eyes - 2013-02-02 20:54

      Hell hath no fury like a pissed off sister who got nothing from the deal and all !!! Mac, you look guilty !!

  • moeg.malseun - 2013-02-01 08:30

    i hope she has a FAX to prove it otherwise she is going to be shaken up!!!

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-02-01 11:01

      "Your sin shall find you out.."

  • refiloe.shikwambana - 2013-02-01 08:31

    What else is new. - 2013-02-01 09:01

      Hang, draw and quarter the lying swine

      saamprater.saampraat - 2013-02-01 10:38

      Not really surprised at this.

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2013-02-01 08:31

    How do you know when he lies. When his lips move?. Have you ever checked his eyes when he confronts people. Scary dude

      willem.louw.16 - 2013-02-01 08:58

      Its all in the eyes... They have pshycotic written all over them

  • mlucejko - 2013-02-01 08:32

    Sadly, it seems 'the whole damn bunch' are corrupt !!

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-02-01 14:31


  • honey.deelishus - 2013-02-01 08:32

    just another steaming pile of $hit added to the growing dungheap that is the ANC!

      david.broadfoot2 - 2013-02-01 09:31

      Cant get any bigger. Eh !

  • Avikaar Ramphal - 2013-02-01 08:33

    Why was the case withdrawn in 2009?

      maureen.churchill.9 - 2013-02-01 08:44

      'cos he was probably going to squeal on the others, they can't have that.

      Erna - 2013-02-01 08:48

      He is one of the 'protected ones'.

      john.lonsdale.5 - 2013-02-01 09:37

      Because the cops were getting close to proving it? Well thats what I think.

      saamprater.saampraat - 2013-02-01 10:40

      Why was the case against JZ withdrawn? Same answer

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-02-01 14:35

      The ANC are criminal organisation, surpassed only by the Triads. The dirt goes as far up as the so called saint called Mandela. It's his "legacy" that's being protected. If snakes like Zuma etal could be prosecuted, they wouldn't think twice about squealing on others, including the whole ANC. Unfortunately South Africa will be sacrificed to protect these criminals!

  • tumelo.motloung.779 - 2013-02-01 08:33

    sorry sister-in-law,that is old news. even the DA knows Maharaj is corrupt that is why he was employed as the presidential spokeperson. sort out your issues with your sister as nothing and no one will touch Maharaj. he's well connected -Zuma, Schabir and the Guptas

      Erna - 2013-02-01 08:48

      Unfortunately you are right. But that doesn't make it right.

      jan.chrzciciel.9 - 2013-02-01 09:11

      Until Zuma loses his grip. I'd guess there are all sorts of questions which will be asked and re-asked by SARS when Zuma is kicked out - similar to those being asked of a certain Julius Malema, with similar results. The only way in which Zuma can prevent that from happening is to do a Mugabe and to become a dictator.

      p.borchard - 2013-02-01 09:59

      It is going to reach the tipping point some or other time. I am convinced wee baby Juliaaaaaaaaaas is going to start squealing like the fat pig he is the day that he is told that "no, SARS is NOT going to just let it go". When the beans are spilled it is going to become a tit-for-tat scene and hopefully everyone who holds dirt on someone else in the big old anc merry go round will be exposed for the extremely corrupt narcissists that they are.

  • raath - 2013-02-01 08:35

    Mac is in the kac...

  • Sheilan.Clarke - 2013-02-01 08:36

    "Caim, who lives in London and is an uMkhonto weSizwe veteran, has had a strained relationship with her sister.." Don't you mean brother? Oh snap! Not like we didn't know he was corrupt. But still...oh snap! :D

      vassie.devanandum - 2013-02-01 08:41

      he is Caim's brother-in-law. his wife, Zarina, and Caim are sisters!

      Erna - 2013-02-01 08:51

      The sister-in-law of presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj has revealed ....

  • terence.wessels - 2013-02-01 08:37

    Thieving corrupt bastards the lot of these cANCer idiots.

  • markjack.deppe - 2013-02-01 08:38

    Scorpions investigated, Case withdrawn. How convenient. He was Minister of Transport then. Scorpions were then serving the interests of the ANC comrades. It just never ends. Corruption, Greed, Nepotism, Racialism, Infighting will break this ruling party for sure.

  • philip.horwood - 2013-02-01 08:38

    The presidential yap-dog .... wonder if SARS and Hawks have the bark and bite to sniff this one out.

      siphom.mnguni - 2013-02-01 08:55

      In an ideal world, PHorwood Hawks and Sars would sniff not in this real world. This will die a natural death.

  • neville.watson.31 - 2013-02-01 08:40

    Another day another corrupt anc member. yawn.

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2013-02-01 08:42

    Old news! tell us something new, we all know you get a good position with the ANC when you are corrupt. Would be GREAT if the case was re-opened.

      Erna - 2013-02-01 08:53

      To be corrupt is one of the prerequisites of being an ANC cadre.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2013-02-02 20:30

      And that's why the scorpions were shut down, because they were too good at their jobs and the thieves are high up in government. I wonder how much is in that swiss bank account? Why do you need a swiss bank account unless you are trying to keep its contents a secret.

  • William - 2013-02-01 08:42

    I am stopping the paying of my taxes until the government come clean!

      MallyGold - 2013-02-01 09:00

      You will have a tax-free life, William

      saamprater.saampraat - 2013-02-01 10:53

      Not going to happen in our time. Better remove them from government. Best cleanser of all

      lums.zindela - 2013-02-01 11:12

      You will need a degreeser from the planet Jupiter to clean up this government, about 2000 barrels of it. Wonder how much will it cost....

  • Erna - 2013-02-01 08:46

    Did anybody actually think differently?

      Erna - 2013-02-01 08:47

      He's also one of the 'protected ones'.

  • motsarami - 2013-02-01 08:50

    Did I just read the name Schabir Shaik, ohw Lord what have we done by voting for that boy called Zuma!! All we experience is corruption at all levels that goes without prosecuted.

  • danie.theron.925 - 2013-02-01 08:51

    This is the spokesperson of the many lies did he tell the country so far???

  • robespear - 2013-02-01 08:51

    Why is Interpol not taking action against Shaik in Switzerland for money laundering?

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-01 09:30

      Robespear. There is no crime in having a Swiss bank account, so what would Interpol have to investigate?

      robes.spear - 2013-02-01 09:49

      Try money laundering!

  • Bongeka - 2013-02-01 08:52

    Secretes always have a nasty way of coming out. And when they do (die poppe sal dans en mense sal seng) and we will be watching with joy, because our prayers would've been answered. Enjoy it while it lasts, but everything comes to an end, I promise you.

  • adriaan.vlok - 2013-02-01 08:53

    DA Election slogan ... 'We can stop cANCer!"

      freddy.mahlaule - 2013-02-03 09:25

      Mr. vlok. your time is long gone,The ANC government is in charge and may be you should have learnt to live with that some 20 years ago. we are witnessing many bogus political parties trying their luck every day but unfortunately they don't know what they stand for and who exacly they are representing. so no chance for 'Di Alone'and forget you never dreamt.

  • pws69 - 2013-02-01 08:56

    Is there ANYONE in the ANC who is NOT corrupt?

      Philip - 2013-02-01 18:22

      Yes...but they are not corrupt now because they are dead.

      freddy.mahlaule - 2013-02-03 09:27

      YES, All members of the ANC

  • Cobus Britz - 2013-02-01 08:56

    Why would an MK veteran go live in London? What about the country he fought for......

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-01 09:31

      Cobus Britz. It is a she and she is free to live where she likes.

      saamprater.saampraat - 2013-02-01 10:57

      Most probably because she don't like what the anc is doing to SA. Very much like the hundreds of thousands of South Africans of all races that live and work outside SA.

  • jerome.appollis.1 - 2013-02-01 08:56

    mac volg maar net jz se voorbeeld

  • ingrid.oberholzer - 2013-02-01 08:57

    Oh please we all knew this was going on for years ans years he also disappeared under the radar for sometime and has surfaced recently to become Jacob Zuma's lecky. The drivers licence cards are of such poor quality so the nation was really dooped on this one. He lives in a lavish house with the rich and famous go figure.

  • mlungisi.kunene - 2013-02-01 08:58

    When the grass is cut ,the snakes will show!!!!!!!!!!

      pillowcasephelo - 2013-02-01 09:06

      huge Snakes size of mammoths. Wait a minute thats an anaconda....

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-01 09:32

      Mlungisi.kunene. I like that one and will remember it.

      heibrin.venter - 2013-02-03 07:14

      @pillow: maybe an analconda?

  • willem.dehaan.94 - 2013-02-01 08:58

    Appropriate picture of Mac! He looks very angry - so it must be true. And he will deny it - more proof that it is true. By now we all know why the arms-investigation was scuppered and still is a lame duck - if the truth comes out the most holy one in the country and all his angels will be named. So better to suppress the investigation. I do hope that the promised investigation into the alleged swindling by the National party government will come about, at least we will then have the proof to back those lies being spread by the ANC to divert our attention from their corruption. But that will also not happen because they know the truth - and that is not politically correct.

  • Moerdyk - 2013-02-01 09:01


  • pillowcasephelo - 2013-02-01 09:03

    South Africa, the New Wild Wild West........

  • FishermanSiviweMbali - 2013-02-01 09:04

    I'm still surprised when people still get excited and shocked when the current anc leaders' scandals comeout.It's been scandal after scandal since Schabir Schaik was proven guilty and his relationship with our president was questioned by the cpurt of law.

      zondra.hoffmann - 2013-02-03 13:57

      Shaik's relationship with Zuma was not questioned, the verdict was that he HAD A FRAUDULENT RELATIONSHIP WITH ZUMA!!! So no question at all!!

  • pws69 - 2013-02-01 09:04

    Read it and weep NOTES: Former Goldfields CEO recalls a visit to Nkandla and that sinister smile on Zuma's face

  • pws69 - 2013-02-01 09:09

    Mac's response It was apartheids faulty The opposition are trying to score cheap political points I deny I was not aware of that bank account What tender? We will institute a Commission of enquiry (which will have terms of reference set by him, populated by him, and never see the light of day like so many other "Commissions of Cover up")

      sarah.bouttell - 2013-02-01 10:45

      unbelievably accurate summary.

  • philanipio.shibe - 2013-02-01 09:10

    1996 Mandela was the president, that means he knows about this, 1999 Mbeki came den 2009 Zuma came. So all our presidents are corrupt.

      zondra.hoffmann - 2013-02-03 13:59

      Yes, even our icon, Madiba is maybe not as white as snow as we have been made to believe, and I am not referring to his prison days!

  • pws69 - 2013-02-01 09:11

    Anyone else notice how the ANC fan club, who had so much to say about the DA LEGITIMATELY receiving a donation, are suspiciously absent. I suspect they work flexitime at the LootFreely House Disinformation department, and are having an off day. :-)

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2013-02-02 20:33

      lol Lootfreely house!

  • tom.hudson3 - 2013-02-01 09:11

    Time to charge him and put him on a golf course with Shaik

  • rob.munro - 2013-02-01 09:12

    Do you thing the master of deceit and theft would be represented by an honest person? The so called "Leader" of SA are nothing but corrupt scumbags who should all be arrested by the people of South Africa. The poor are starving, food prices and more continue to go through the tin roofs and this scum continues to steal! Cut their friggin' hands off!

  • philemonmaepa.phatlane - 2013-02-01 09:12

    even the apartheid presidents and ministers were also corrupt.unfortunately no one investigated them.

      pws69 - 2013-02-01 09:19

      To show how completely wrong you are, Prime Minister Ben Voster and Minister Connie Mulder were forced to resign (Citizen fiasco which is the same as the New Age Fiasco), and one Minister got 15 years in jail for corruption, and that is just what I remember off the top of my head. There is corruption in any government, but in South Africa it is the sheer scale of corruption, and the blatancy of it, that completely blows my mind. As examples: Travelgate: 1 DA member involved - fired Over 40 ANC members involved - kept their jobs or were promoted, and Frene Ginwala used our TAX MONEY to pay off the debt. Op top of that, of the R12 million that these ANC thieves agreed to repay, less than R15,000 has been repaid more than 5 years later. Yengeni carried on the shoulders of ANC cadres to jail like a hero for corruption. Do I need to go on?

      elspeth.hassall - 2013-02-01 09:19

      I guess you are too young to remember the "Info" cost A minister AND the PRIME Minister, their jobs...they were forced to resign!!

      phae.rayden - 2013-02-01 09:24

      So you equate this government with those lying crooks we got rid of 20 years ago? I find it frightening that you would support them to continue ruling in the same way those previous monsters did.

      neville.watson.31 - 2013-02-01 09:33

      How does this make this corruption alright?

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-01 09:34

      Philemontomaepa.phatlane. Really?. Where are your facts?.

      saamprater.saampraat - 2013-02-01 11:02

      Phil, so by your argument it is OK to be stolen blind today, because some fool was a thief 20 years ago? How about, enough is enough. That's what us whites said in the 92 referendum. Now it's your turn

  • tom.hudson3 - 2013-02-01 09:12

    Does corruption not bother you?

  • ian.robertreid - 2013-02-01 09:13

    Where there is smoke there is fire?? we don't need skelms in our government thanku?? check him out thuroughly pse??

      lizonia.stellenberg - 2013-02-01 09:41

      Don't think they gona be checked out coz its how they roll.

  • theuns.vanrensburg.77 - 2013-02-01 09:14

    One of Mandels's ANC children again. Not only that, also huge connections with Ramaposa and Co, some of the saint's other children.

      phae.rayden - 2013-02-01 09:30

      Make you wonder if the only person they are protecting is Mr Mandela, and thereby his god like image that helped SA look like a saints haven after evil was defeated? Its a strong image to have shattered.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-01 09:15

    The whispers have always been there and like the old saying goes; 'There is no smoke without a fire'.

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2013-02-01 09:18

    This will also be quashed!! Any bets??

  • siphiwo.maurice - 2013-02-01 09:19

    That's what happens when something went wrong, spill the beans. Why silent so long? Anyway, the truth normally comes out. Mac, you were in the forefront fighting injustices of the apartheid era, now look at you, robbing the very state that you fought for. What do you call that? We never thought this way in our own. It is a shame on you really.

      sarah.bouttell - 2013-02-01 09:23

      Family spat. That's the thing about family, they always know all the dirty secrets. Truth be told, it's no big news. He has been a dirty bastard from the first time he clutched a 10c coin in his grubby little hands. This is not the only deal he ran.

      saamprater.saampraat - 2013-02-01 11:06

      Siphiwo, just a slight correction there, not that I don't agree with you in principle. The money wasn't stolen from the state, it was YOUR money that was stolen. That money was meant to uplift the poor, but it went somewhere else. Choose better next time.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2013-02-02 20:34

      ANC elite think it is owed to them for their fight against apartheid.. what about the rest of the nation? Do they not deserve an effective government that delivers on its promises?

  • augusto.lugoboni - 2013-02-01 09:22

    Corrupt payments, embezzlement, illegal tenders, fraud, are all daily occurrences within government in our beautiful country of ours.

  • Berrybrookmeadow - 2013-02-01 09:25

    Did FNB know something when they made him resign as a director?

      pws69 - 2013-02-01 09:28

      Damn good question, and if they did, why did they keep quiet? If they did know, and kept quiet, they broke the law.

      sarah.bouttell - 2013-02-01 10:47

      I deny all knowledge of that event. Sorry, what were we discussing again?

  • phosa.peter2 - 2013-02-01 09:26

    where could i enroll nd study the 'corruption course'so that i could find a job in goverment sectorsl. It seems it s a prerequisitive for any hi-post in gov. .pls. Help.

  • mstrato1 - 2013-02-01 09:29

    I dnt know why this is coming out. Anyway, the difference is that Maharaj is making money out of a well thought of licensing system that is convinient and effective. Something we are all benefiting from. I am not condoning his actions but this here is the difference between our president and past leadership.

      pws69 - 2013-02-01 09:35

      Use Google, I guarantee you will find more than 100 "ell thought of licensing system that is convinient and effective" that we could have used, WITHOUT paying a premium so a connected crony could get his cut. Pravin Gordhan himself has admitted to R30 BILLION per year lost through these actions. ANC corruption in government in just one year would pay for eTolling. According to Corruption Watch (COSATU initiative) LOCAL GOVERNMENT corruption is the biggest problem, so take that R30 BILLION per year and times it by three. Furthermore, Pravin Gordhan has stated government pay a 25% PREMIUM with tenders because of corruption and cronyism. As the biggest spender, government should be getting the BEST prices, not the worst. On top of the the SACP released a statement lamenting the fact that the ANC regularly rents R10 wine glasses for R200 per glass for functions, and of course the person renting them out is an ANC connected crony. The corruption within the ANC Alliance is so embedded it can only be removed by a change of political parties in government.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-01 09:39

      Mstrato1. You justify stealing and bribing?.

      comfyone.mabena - 2013-02-01 10:46

      I dont quite get u when u talk of da diff between our president and past gov...what diff r u talkin about?

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2013-02-02 20:36

      Please google a definition for corruption. The sooner the majority of South Africans understand why it is a crime, the better!

  • lenox.ntlantsana - 2013-02-01 09:33

    Where there is smoke there's fire!

  • mike.nkabinde.7 - 2013-02-01 09:33

    You were silent all along,now that the wheel has changed you want to use inocent peoples feelings

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2013-02-02 20:37

      that's your biggest concern? Oh God help us...