Reports state Shaik is mentally ill

2011-06-05 11:25

Durban - Convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik is facing a breakdown and has been diagnosed and treated for a mental illness which family and friends believe is fuelling his erratic behaviour - including his claims he was victim of a racist assault.

While the Shaik family was reluctant to speak, associates and friends said they feared that Shaik is having a mental breakdown. He has been in psychiatric counselling and takes mood stabilisers. One person City Press and Rapport spoke to said they would not be surprised if last week’s claimed racist assault at the Papwa Sewgolum golf club had been an invention.

Family and friends say Shaik’s life is in crisis.

His business has collapsed, his wife has left the home (though they remain married). Relations within the close Shaik clan are strained.

“He is a man alone in a castle with only a worker and a guard. He lives in a gilded cage, ” said a family member.

Increasingly aggressive

People who speak to him think he is living in an altered state of reality. Several who are sympathetic to him said that he has grown increasingly aggressive.

In addition to receiving psychiatric care, he had also been taken to imams for religious counselling and healing and has become deeply religious. His family are distressed over his condition and fear the stigma of mental illness in South Africa.

Shaik, former financial advisor to President Jacob Zuma and brother to Moe Shaik, the head of the SA Secret Service, was sentenced to 15 years in jail on corruption charges in 2005, but was controversially released on medical parole a short while after he began serving his sentence.

The description of his illness assist explain the mystery which deepened this week over his assault claims at the Papwa Sewgolum golf club in Durban, and his odd interactions with a Media24 Investigations reporter investigating the incident.

Shaik claimed he was assaulted by four men at the golf club’s bar after he intervened when the men apparently called the president a “k****r” , and, secondly, in his interactions with our reporter in a series of SMSs and conversations.

Being investigated

Earlier this year he was alleged to have assaulted a man at a Durban mosque, although charges were never laid. He is being investigated for allegedly assaulting a journalist who approached him for comment at the golf club.

But a Media24 Investigations reporter who interviewed at least 50 staff and club members - including a group of 30 caddies, security personnel, bar staff, club officials and members - could find no corroboration of his claims. The club officially denied the incident had occured.

On Saturday newspapers quoted another club member, Krish Dudhraj, who claimed to have witnessed the assault on Shaik.

The reports neglected to mention that Dudhraj, a golf partner of Shaik, is also one of the co-leaders of the “Free Shaik” group which campaigns for him.

He was also a key player in attempts to publicly discredit the Durban journalist who claimed to have been assaulted by him.

Club denies incident

Speaking to City Press and Rapport on Saturday, Dudhraj was less sure of what he had witnessed. He could not recall if the incident had happened on a Friday or Saturday or if the assault had occured before or after they had played a round. He also could not say for sure if the alleged assailants were Indian or not.

“There were four guys who made a move on him and came towards him and I think they assaulted him,” he said.

He claimed there were other witnesses but would not give their names.

Meanwhile, Aslam Peer, the club’s spokesperson and a member of the management committee, insisted on Saturday that the club’s investigation had unearthed no proof of the incident.

“We conducted an extensive investigation into the alleged assault. We spoke with all employees, management, other players and security personnel. There was no assault as described by Shaik,” he told City Press earlier in the week.

Approached for comment at the entrance to his Durban house, Shaik said that police “generals” had called him to ask if he wanted to lay a charge over the alleged incident. “I will not because I am finished with the hate in this country,” he said. He said he planned to go overseas after he got a “pardon”.

Won't leave SA

He later denied having said that he planned to leave South Africa.

He then offered to speak extensively the next day and invited us to meet him at his home. “You’ve come all the way from Cape Town so I will speak with you. I will not assault you. You look like someone who can look after themselves,” he said.

On Thursday at the agreed appointment time, security staff at Shaik’s house said “the boss” was not in. A shortwhile later we recieved an SMS which said: “Further to my legal advice regarding your request for a meeting, I wish to inform you that I am unable to concede to your request. Furthermore, I would appreciate that you respect my wish and stop the harassment and questioning of my security guards at my residence, failing which I will consider bringing a peace order against you and your organisation”.

Shortly afterwards, we received a phone call from a friendly Shaik, saying he was sorry about the SMS.

“There is only one God and God is great. The whole truth will still come out. Come and visit me when you are in Durban again and I will tell you everything. The timing is not right now”.

Later that day he sent another SMS which said: “Everything in life has a timing – the truth itself is governed by time, for if God is truth and God is life then truth has a life of its own, it will never perish, nor can it be suppressed for too long – it always rises to the top. “

Family friend and political luminary Mac Maharaj said that the trauma of activist families often led to mental illness. “We’ve done nothing to say ‘let’s treat it’. We are all in denial. I can name you family after family so afflicted.”

  • Krush - 2011-06-05 11:30

    There are people who really do have mental disorders and here you have Shaik making fun of it by using it as a lame excuse. This is NOT America, life is not a movie and we are not gullible enough to believe this.

      Brewster - 2011-06-05 12:09

      Maybe he does read newspapers and saw the sympathetic reaction Joost got and now he is trying to envoke similar sympathy. Asshole!!

      REVO - 2011-06-05 12:39 very sad... Schabir Shaik is facing a breakdown and has been diagnosed and treated for a mental illness. That's what happens when the guilty walk free. The best your time, after that everybody will respect you and you'll be mentally healthy again.

      Slapper - 2011-06-05 13:20

      I dont know about that Krush? He has seemed to me to be not the full quid for years? Maybe we have been wrong about him and he really is a gibbering Idiot?

      Leviathan - 2011-06-05 13:43

      ya he probably got worried that peps r questioning his parole? but peps ont giv the guy such a hard time he needs to b able to play golf again. Playing golf did wonders for his supposed high blood pressure, so let him play again and his mental illness wil b cured. Wat a load of BS! he is faking it

      eh eh eh - 2011-06-05 13:56

      Anybody who is/was Zuma's financial advisor/confidant must be mentally ill

      Sedick - 2011-06-05 14:19

      He is a convicted fraudster and liar - enough said.....

      World Traveler - 2011-06-05 16:06

      @Slapper - You are right about Shaik having less than a full pack. But that does not mean mentally ill.

      scorpio - 2011-06-05 16:24

      The only disorder that Shaik's got, is that he is still living

      numbpty - 2011-06-05 17:59

      @ Krush - what part of america were you referring? Leave them out of this! Fix SA before you start judging other countries. p.s. i am not american, and i think shaik belongs behind bars, no sorry hanged next to jz for their crimes.

      Koring - 2011-06-05 19:15

      Yuck. I wonder what his psyco spin doctor was paid to issue that report. Sounds suspiciously similar to that bogus report that got him out of his cell into a classy hospital ward with all the comforts "because he was terminal and dying". Money talks in ANC circles.

      umlaut - 2011-06-05 22:13

      So now we will have a mentally unstable golf club swinging escapee by technical means roaming the streets having visions of people attacking him. He may go into a defensive mode and get a gun (if the parole board didn't give him one also-they didn't just give him his freedom), and he can be a danger to society. A mentally unstable person should not be allowed to drive a car. Don't you lose your drivers licence also when you go to jail?? He is running out of funds then maybe he won't be able to make "problems" go away with money. Why doesn't he move in with his buddy zuma--there is a hospital close by??.

      king-louie - 2011-06-06 01:41

      I hope they do to him what they should have done twenty years ago. Lock the piece of trash up in a rubber room and throw the keys away.

      biskit - 2011-06-06 14:09

      shaik is mentally retarded - its no secret. He has a get out of jail free card and he keeps klapping people around golf courses and Mosque's. The guy cant stay out of trouble

      Simpiwe Cele - 2011-06-06 20:43

      Shaky Shaik must be mentally ill to believe the ANC are the messiah , think maybe he no longer a true Muslim but now believes in the ANC trinity :)

      Daemos1 - 2011-06-07 11:48

      He's probably got claustriophobia for having his head up Zuma's a$$ for years

  • leigh.ridgway - 2011-06-05 11:34

    The arsewipe gets caught out in his elaborate lie and then pleads insanity! Bwhahahahahaha, as if everyone reading this is so stupid as not to see through his web of lies!

      IQ - 2011-06-05 12:12

      Shrien Dewani has Max Clifford and is ‘acting out’ a mental illness to avoid jail time. Schabir Shaik has Krish Dudhraj and is ‘acting out’ a mental illness to avoid jail time. Who would I use as my publicist? Certainly not ‘wanabe’ Krish Dudhraj – definitely not the brightest crayon in the box!

      umlaut - 2011-06-06 09:27

      The journalists must stick close to Shaik-they can make the news scoop of their careers with him being in this "unstable" condition. Many a confession has been done from a bar stool after swallowing too much of the liquid Truth Drug.. If he loses it he can start spilling the beans on the arms deal and how he got out of prison. Like what did the doctor say to get him out. He must be quite a serious liability now for the parties not wanting truth to see the light. We shouldn't be surprised to see him being "admitted" to some or other mental institution WHERE HIS STATE OF MIND CAN BE EFFECTIVELY "CONTROLLED".

  • Nunya - 2011-06-05 11:37

    K@K...put the criminal dog back in jail where he belongs!!!

      SYLVERSTAR - 2011-06-05 15:36

      woof woof

      LBS - 2011-06-05 15:47

      This guy is kgazie! He does not belong on the streets! He may be a serial killer!

      tryanything - 2011-06-06 12:45

      God is great Shabir and he is going to fix your wagon soon....... boy....

  • DrG - 2011-06-05 11:40

    Treat him for his illness in a goverment institution. Then, put him back in jail where he belongs. Criminal!

      Creeky - 2011-06-05 14:23

      Send him to GROEN DAKKIES!!!! More BULLSH!T from the 'family'...

  • james strawson - 2011-06-05 11:42

    Malingering ! The minute this man is in trouble he starts to feign illness....lock him back up where he belongs!

      ZACommentator - 2011-06-05 11:52

      Typical coward behavior of his kind

      Creeky - 2011-06-05 14:28

      let's HOPE Sheik joins a Jihadi Group, straps a couple of bombs to himself and goes and BLOWS HIS FAMILY APART!!!!!! South Africa WILL REJOICE!!!!!!

      SYLVERSTAR - 2011-06-05 15:37

      hang em high................

  • shamus oconner - 2011-06-05 11:45

    What a wonderful story. It obviously took some time for him and his cohorts to think up. Does he really think anyone will believe him.

  • Joe - 2011-06-05 11:49

    His claim of a presidential pardon is taking shape. zum-zum will probably the only one that falls for this story.

      USSA - 2011-06-05 13:17

      Zumski is dumb enough to go there, and as soon as he does, Malema will second him.

  • ZACommentator - 2011-06-05 11:51

    All a ruse to get a pardon, back in jail scum, you and your brother

      ZACommentator - 2011-06-05 12:39

      And in today's Tribune there is an article about a friend of his who witnessed the 'assault' that his family says didn't happen. maybe he needs a visit to the shrink too.

      SYLVERSTAR - 2011-06-05 15:38

      chuck the chum into chookie too

  • Phreewil - 2011-06-05 11:56

    Kaaak man, this f*cker should be dead.

  • joe - 2011-06-05 12:03

    Za u just jelous,leave he's bro out of he's bad actions

      USSA - 2011-06-05 13:21

      He Joe. ZACommentator is correct. Shaik's bro is the same guy who wants to discredit the journalist who is proving his story a load of crap. He is one of those "open-handed" buddies of Shaky, as well as his golf partner. He should choose his friends better...the sh&t is starting to cling to him as well.

  • za101 - 2011-06-05 12:03

    so vervoed also had a mental illness

      USSA - 2011-06-05 13:26

      Who is "vervoed"? Is that "for feet", "by foot" or Verwoerd? Now slowly: V (like f) er (like ur) woe (like vu - as in vuvuzela) rd (like short whistle from ref in soccer game) it?

      whatashame - 2011-06-05 14:32

      @za101. Verwoerd is long asassinated - dead and gone - and you probably weren't even around in that era. Corruption and the favours for friends and cadres is what the problem is here. Always blame something or someone in the past without dealing with the current issue. If Shaik was a DA cronie and white would you also mention Verwoerd? - NO, you'd be calling for his head!. Black or white - corruption and theft is WRONG!!!! Don't worry , we have many more worse than Verwoerds in our current leadership but you can carry on perpetuating the mistakes of the past. The rest of us will build a future because we have learnt from the mistakes of the past.

      R.Suppards - 2011-06-05 15:04

      @za101, Sleep it off, then re-submit

      World Traveler - 2011-06-05 16:13

      @USSA - Man! That is impressive! Especially for someone who mixes USA and USSR up! But of course we were born in the USA (Union of South Africa)

  • Wicky - 2011-06-05 12:04

    Life cant be that bad if he is out playing golf...send the f%#ker back to prison for lying about a crime and for fueling race hate tensions.

  • Alpahbrutus - 2011-06-05 12:08

    Who gives a sh*t! I certainly don't. He is a liar and a criminal who deserves to rot in jail. So what if he is having a crisis. Hey Shaik, your life sucks. There is no pleasure in it and you have no future. Everybody hates you. Here's a thought .... kill yourself ... that way the pain will go away. Think about it;)

      Heks - 2011-06-05 18:17

      Yes. That will be the biggest favour he can do for mankind!

      croix - 2011-06-06 13:16

      True, Heksie - and ask him to take Malemmer with?

  • JohnDough - 2011-06-05 12:12

    His ass! The damn convict should be behind bars with Bubba and his 40 cell mates. Ream his ass....

      SYLVERSTAR - 2011-06-05 15:40


  • Marcell - 2011-06-05 12:12

    Give that man lead! He will stop seeing things.

  • Marcell - 2011-06-05 12:14

    The trauma of being a criminal while your co-criminals walk free cause mental illness!

  • ALCAB - 2011-06-05 12:21

    Is this "illness" also life threatening ?

      Larry Laffer - 2011-06-05 13:47


      World Traveler - 2011-06-05 16:16

      Is his mental illness catching? Maybe it is cured with African Potatoes and a shower?

      tryanything - 2011-06-06 12:52

      Isn't that Beetroot??

  • Terence - 2011-06-05 12:22

    The "trauma of activist families?" When all else fails - blame it on Apartheid!!

      whatashame - 2011-06-05 14:41

      @Terence. Spot on!!!. What about all the other poor sods sitting in prison that weren't political activists. Trauma happens to all of us one way or another, so release all the prisoners and feel sorry for them? - or is it only activist trauma that counts. Wonder if Zille would get the same sympathy - she was also an apartheid activist.

      Leviathan - 2011-06-05 17:04

      @whatashame most of those sods in jail r not poor they r criminals that deserve no sympathy wer mr shaik should b. But like u said they r not buddies of JZ so no freebies 2 them. Corruption in SA is not a crime according 2 the ANC. TIA!!

  • BrixtonBriefcase - 2011-06-05 12:26

    Or...he could just be a liar. If it looks like a turkey, and it sounds like a turkey, and acts like a turkey...

      Marcell - 2011-06-05 13:16

      It's a.........seagull called Nelson!

      Slapper - 2011-06-05 13:21

      As I stated above, He may even think he is a Turkey?

      croix - 2011-06-06 13:24

      Slapper - You can soar with eagles, or you can run around with turkeys! Pity Shady chose to run around with and advise the Big Turkey, who is now turning his back on him. There used to be honour among thieves?! "One flew over the cuckoo's nest"? Hehehehe.......

  • semaj - 2011-06-05 12:28

    What lengths will Asians go to when it comes to protecting each other's skins? First the "Doctors" now this Dudhraj. Come on guys, we are not as gullible as you all think. Your life in the afterlife will be tough.

      Marcell - 2011-06-05 13:18

      The imam is failing!

      World Traveler - 2011-06-05 16:17

      Does this imam cure people? Throws bones or what?

      Gemini - 2011-06-06 17:45

      Semaj - u r an ass. what do Asians have to do with this?? Do friends of diff colour class n creed not try to cover up for their buddies when they r in trouble? Stop making stupid comments. Marcell & World Traveler - plz go play in traffic - if you have nothing contsructive to add then shut up. For your enlightenment an Imam is merely a priest like you would have a Priest in a Church or a Rabbi at a Synagogue. - 2011-06-06 20:05

      @geminaai: An imam is NOTHING like a Priest or a Rabbi. OK? Those two are examples of religious tolerance .. imams are notorious for shouting to their fellow terrs: "OFF WITH THEIR HEADS." I bet you still upset old Bin Laden is fish food!!! You need some "enlightenment" you chop !!! Fork off!!!

      John Wilderness - 2011-06-07 05:47

      @Semaj probably the same length that westerners or anybody else goes to.

  • johan - 2011-06-05 12:36


  • Grim Reaper - 2011-06-05 12:37

    "has become deeply religious"...."assaulted by four men at the golf club’s bar"

  • Daryl - 2011-06-05 12:43

    First the terminal illness. Now a mental illness. I wonder what we will read in a year's time.

  • Muzi - 2011-06-05 12:54

    The Shaik family is being sarcastic realy,they are brainstorming us.

  • RobinHood - 2011-06-05 12:55

    what do the other voices say?

  • SHAUN - 2011-06-05 13:00

    The Tell Tale Heart...

  • frangelico - 2011-06-05 13:05

    Does the Shaik family really expect the public to believe he is mentally ill?If he his you as his family are very irresponsible to allow him to wander around Durbanon his own,he can get hurt(poor thing)or injure someone else.If he is mentally ill,which I doubt very much should he not be in some type of instatution for the mentally ill?BUT TO BE SERIOUS NOW SHABIR SHAIK IS A VERY AVERAGE ACTOR.Being watching one flew over the cuckoos nest once too often.

  • Marshall - 2011-06-05 13:10

    Why should we believe anything that comes from this con? He and his kin will say anything to get their own way. Pathetic. I have no sympathy for him at all.

  • USSA - 2011-06-05 13:15

    Here we go again. The man is desperate, and he is becoming the national cartoon here on 24. It is a good as it gets. Once the mental-angle bullcrap fades away, he will find some other lame excuse. I believe his next move could be an untimely (fake) death and burial. He exhausted all the other options. Shaky - you are a MORON, and you insult our intelligence with your lame-arse petty bullsh&t.

  • Lost 4 Words - 2011-06-05 13:16


  • Amanzimtoti - 2011-06-05 13:22

    I played a round of golf at Papwa Sewgolum (the course mentioned above)... It's hilarious how Dudhraj has placed posters near the entrance that state that due to constant media harassment the free shaik chairty golf day will be postponed until after his presidential pardon. The worst thing about contemporary SA is not the corruption and crime, it's how BLATANT it is. Shaik was found guilty, got off on medical parole yet he's well enough to play golf every other day. He's a very strict muslim (although I'm a bartender and I saw him before his trial drinking red wine at an upmarket Durban venue), he's using his religion to get more free time while on parole. Now he's acting mental to try and get another pardon... it's plain for all to see that he will get off, we know he will. Prison is a negative place, the prospect of getting raped could make anyone become depressed, and I hope he gets put into a cell with Big Sipho

      USSA - 2011-06-05 13:53

      Brilliant simplicity, and perfectly true.

  • Jaja - 2011-06-05 13:23

    He's not mentally ill ... he's scared of going to jail. Corrupt comrade!!

  • Jaja - 2011-06-05 13:24

    He's not metally ill ... he's scared of going to jial. Corrupt comrade!!

  • HateGolfChea - 2011-06-05 13:30

    If Shaik was dilusional about the attack then best the club captian of Papwa Sewgolum golf club check the dilusional score cards that Shaik must be handing in...suspect handicap!!!

  • merrick - 2011-06-05 13:43

    ... if he was residing where he belongs I'm sure all his problem would disappear ... just think; no overheads and your meals are prepared for you ... and if you lucky you might even get to have a round of golf

  • Larry Laffer - 2011-06-05 13:45

    Maybe Mac Maharaj can give reasons fot Shaik's moral illness......

  • USSA - 2011-06-05 13:47

    I re-read the article. Here is what it actually means to Shaky Shake: 1. I feel crappy that I was caught out with the brutal-beating lie. 2. I have had enough time to think out another lie. 3. I have recruited my last co-liars because my bucks are low. 4. The guy who says he saw the beating, is one of the reasons my bucks are low. 5. F@@k I love these anti-depressants! 6. I found god, and he sends sms's to me all the time. 7. My timing is great, but I still suck at lying. Must be the psycho pills. 8. I have one bodyguard. He's the only one still prepared to lie for minimum wage. 9. My activist family needs help: go to 10. We are selling a new drink at my home to make money to pay all the liars with me. Ish akthelly any kinda drink, ash long as it can be shakekey, not stirrrred.

  • 22010 - 2011-06-05 13:55

    I say the public should continue the hate and therefore force him to leave his paradise country where he can do what he whishes. I am actually just dissapointed that he was not really beaten up...kind of liked that idea. Anyways, Shaik and Joost should visit North Africa - where they will see what it truly means to be "dying".

  • v3 - 2011-06-05 14:01

    He has a MORAL sickness - it goes back to the halycon days of theft and influence peddling and runs up to his current aggression, lying and lack of remorse.

  • Mikemcc - 2011-06-05 14:03

    So what they are saying in a round about way is that he is now classified as terminally stupid!

  • Karen - 2011-06-05 14:05

    Well, he's been covering for Zuma all these years, I suppose living with such a big secret might be catching up to him - imagine his frustration - cannot say anything to implicate his "boss" (who promised him early release if he "takes the fall") - and now his whole life is basically falling apart around him, and the promises made by his "boss" is remains empty ..

  • Punani - 2011-06-05 14:19

    I thought this convicted criminal was terminally ill and should have been dead by now. The fact the Shaik and president Zuma are not in jail is testament to a failed democracy. A one party democracy that is comfortably in the same league as the Robert Mugabe regime in Zimbabwe. The chickens have come home to roost. I hope the insanity from Shaik's conscience continues to destroy and punish him the way our legal system could not. Unfortunately, Zuma does not have the intellect to have a conscience and is hard wired for corruption like most native African leaders.

  • jweer42 - 2011-06-05 14:22

    ... and he has a tiny penis.

  • Janine - 2011-06-05 14:32

    Ah - being "terminally ill" got him out of jail but didn't get him his presidential pardon. Bring on "mental illness" as backup. What an insult to people who are genuinely terminally ill or do suffer from mental illness. Is there no level to which this man will not sink?

  • pistolpete - 2011-06-05 14:34

    I am sure I read something that a doctor backed his claims of being beaten up? Speak up doc, you've been Shaiked down

  • henni5909 - 2011-06-05 15:01

    my question is, is he really sick or is he forcing people in high places that were involved with him to discredit him because he will get them in trouble when he start talking?

  • Mike Hoxbig - 2011-06-05 15:30

    Most criminals are mentally ill, that doesn't stop them from serving their full sentence.

  • SYLVERSTAR - 2011-06-05 15:35

    liar! liar! All of his pants are on fire.

  • Serias - 2011-06-05 15:38

    My friend....look at the whole government and their connections and friends, its all a madhouse, crazy people everywhere and sick supporters.........LOL.......HAHAHAHAHA!

  • Snurtle - 2011-06-05 15:41

    Will then let's put him in a mental institution and a straight jacket. It's for his own good...