Shaik: I'm living a quiet life

2015-06-11 11:16
Schabir Shaik (File, Johann Hattingh, Netwerk24)

Schabir Shaik (File, Johann Hattingh, Netwerk24)

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Durban - Convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik on Thursday sidestepped a question on whether he in fact swore at and threatened a News24 reporter.

Shaik spoke to PowerFM radio after reports on the conversation made headlines on Wednesday. He appealed to journalists to leave him alone, claiming to be the victim in the whole incident.

“I do not understand why I'm so important to people's agenda and why the journalist doesn't have anything better to do,” President Jacob Zuma’s former financial advisor told the radio station.

He told presenter Thabo Mdluli that he was “living a quiet life”.

This comes after News24 reporter Giordano Stolley phoned Shaik and asked for comment on the decision to relax his parole conditions.

Stolley's colleagues, Jeff Wicks and Amanda Khoza, who were sitting alongside him in the office at the time of the interview, confirmed how it happened.

Initially, the conversation had started off peacefully enough, with Shaik saying that he was relaxing at home.

Queried about a media report that he was considering going into business, Shaik denied that he was doing this. He also said that he was not aware of the report and had never said that he was going into business.

‘I could have given you a headbutt’

Asked about his health, Shaik said: “My health is improving. Do you want to die? So why do you want me to die?”

It was then that he asked whether the telephone conversation was on the record. When told it was, he became angry.

Shaik then proceeded to threaten and swear at Stolley, telling him: “I could have given you a headbutt. I will break you white boy." This was followed by a warning that to the journalist that he will be kicked in the groin.

But Shaik told PowerFM that it was, in fact, he who was the victim, saying: “How is any of this fair? I am courteous and take your calls but why am I being harassed?

“This person called me and hurled questions at me without asking. I just said ‘why are you turning this into an interview?’

“Am I not allowed to ask to be left alone?”

Previous incidents

On the accusations that he had sworn at Stolley, Shaik simply said: “This is a free country. Let them write what they want to write. If South Africans want to believe everything they read that's on them.”

In February 2011, Shaik was accused of assaulting a journalist on a golf course in Durban. The reporter had said Shaik throttled her and slapped her in her face.

Then not long after, in March 2011, the former businessman had allegedly hit a distraught father outside a mosque.

And in September 2013, Shaik had also allegedly attacked a caddie on the same golf course.   

On the decision to relax his parole conditions, he told Power FM: “I’m very stressed, I welcome that... you know it’s hard being under house arrest. I thought I’d experienced it under apartheid but I’m obviously experiencing it now.”

He said he wants to go back to living a normal life and wants to work again.

“I don’t want to die, I want to live.”

Listen to the full interview here:

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