Shaik denies threatening Zuma

2012-01-23 09:24

Johannesburg - Convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik has distanced himself from an article in a Sunday newspaper in which he was quoted as saying that he wanted President Jacob Zuma to repay a R2m loan.

The Sunday Independent also claimed that Shaik insisted on a presidential pardon from Zuma.

"I've been ill-quoted and I distance myself from the article," Shaik told The Times newspaper.

"I am not in a position to threaten anybody, let alone the honourable president - whom I have great respect for - the only person who will consider any pardon," he was quoted as saying.

"At this point threatening him just doesn't make sense. If at any time I wanted to say anything I would have said it during my trial."


The Sunday Independent reported that Shaik had not been repaid his R2m loan to Zuma.

It was believed that the initial loan amount of R2.5m, primarily used for Zuma's children's upkeep and educational needs, was part of a loan agreement drawn up by an attorney, the newspaper said. Only R500 000 of that has reportedly been paid to Shaik by Zuma.

In 2005, the KwaZulu-Natal High Court sentenced Shaik to 15 years in prison for fraud and corruption. His sentence effectively ends in 2021.

In March 2009, Shaik was released on parole after being diagnosed with a terminal illness. He then applied for a presidential pardon.

The Supreme Court of Appeals will next month rule on an application by the Democratic Alliance that challenges the National Prosecuting Authority's decision to halt Zuma's prosecution on fraud and corruption charges related to Shaik's case in 2009.

  • Comrade - 2012-01-23 09:43

    The longest terminal illness ever recorded.... or the biggest lie ever recorded. Shabir S(n)hake!!!

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-23 09:56

      We should get hold of Guiness World Records, we have survivors here in SA, Shaik, Selebi et al!

      Larry - 2012-01-23 10:23

      As he is isolated, maybe he has Leprosy, thats a very long term illness… and it does not interfere with a game of Golf.

      J-Man - 2012-01-23 10:27

      Ja nee..I was just about to say...

      Sedick - 2012-01-23 11:18

      Shaik says that he was "ill-quoted"? Is this something to do with being ill-diagnosed as "terminally ill"?

  • Gcwabe-KaMavovo - 2012-01-23 09:45

    "Awulethe imali yami, awulethe imali yami" - *Schabir singing*

  • Deeteem - 2012-01-23 09:46

    You are the lowest form of scum known to man !!

      Truthis - 2012-01-23 10:37

      He is a pig lover.

  • Mandla - 2012-01-23 09:50

    A president receiving a loan from an individual sounds like a bad idea. There should be a law against this I think.

      karen.glautier - 2012-01-23 11:25

      I think the loan was given waaaayyyyy before the president was a president!!

      seymore.butt - 2012-01-23 11:59

      @Karen, I think the president should recuse himself from considering Shaik's pardon application till the loan is paid. How can he make a fair judgement if he is under 2M burdens?

  • Ian - 2012-01-23 10:04

    sure scaly one whatever, lol

  • George - 2012-01-23 10:07

    You did say that and I was there and heard you You were very nasty about it as well

  • Kogie - 2012-01-23 10:10

    all i can say ..... luaghing stock. i think sabc should do a re run of dallas again. j.r. ewing is the perfect example of cheeting fraud manipulation blackmail money landering terrorism etc. at the end of it all he gets caught out. gets away with it at first,enjoys all the wealth,but gets caught.

  • RobertaKeeling - 2012-01-23 10:16

    "I've been ill-quoted and I distance myself from the article," Shaik told The Times newspaper." I would assume that an ill person (especially a terminally ill one) WOULD be ill quoted. For a man with his terminal illness he's not doing too badly - still living three years after the time he was at death's door. Miracle? We'll never know!

  • Mike - 2012-01-23 10:18

    Bwahahahahaha the Honorable President.... I have "respect" for... Shaikh - you corrupt liar and thief - you have NO respect for anyone; reason why Zuma and Incorporated all lick your backside - as you have so much on them that you could bring this entire government down...

  • Barbara - 2012-01-23 10:35

    Here's the solution. Let Zuma borrow the money from the Guptas and repay Shaik. Then he owes nothing to Shaik and there is no pressure to give him a pardon. Then send Shaik back to jail!

  • joea18 - 2012-01-23 10:39

    Why is this prick still alive??

  • Shirley - 2012-01-23 10:53

    Hush money is never forgotten even of a "busy dying" medical parole was given-you have to still slilence the dog from barking by putting a cash muzzle on him! Beware Zuma....very convinient that this pops up just before elections!

      karen.glautier - 2012-01-23 11:28

      He wont get a presidential pardon from Zuma once Zuma is no longer president.... he is sweating!!

      Shirley - 2012-01-23 11:50

      Yes and this could open an awfuly BIG can of worms!

      Godfrey - 2012-01-23 14:18

      Shaik's forgot to read the small-print, R500,000 for each year outside of prison, so the "loan" is just about paid.

  • david.lebethe - 2012-01-23 11:03

    As soion as the story hit the street, I knew he was going to deny it come the following day. What is good about it, is that he doesn't deny that the interview did take place and that he gave R2.5m loan to President Zuma. Based on the above uncontroverted facts, is therefore proper to infer that the object of the interview was to remind the President of a loan he never honoured for the last two years that they have not been in contact.

  • peter.norma - 2012-01-23 11:10

    One has been on trial for rape and implicated in corruption, and is now president and is being asked for a pardon and loan repayment by the one who implicated him and who is supposed to be terminally ill!! If it wasn't so pathetic it couuld be the basis for a good comedy. God help South Africa!

  • Andy - 2012-01-23 11:14

    I don't understand why his current health cannot be reevaluated by an independent team of doctors and if he is found not to be terminally ill stick him back in jail.

  • Ulindi - 2012-01-23 12:01

    Why are we even hearing about Shabir and why is he not either back in prison or in hospital on his death bed? We, the public are not blind and thick...we take note. Karma is a ....

  • braamc - 2012-01-23 17:40

    I will sponsor the tea and sandwiches after the service - free

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