M&G broke the law: Maharaj

2012-08-03 14:24

Cape Town - Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj insisted on Friday that the Mail & Guardian broke the law by running an article on his testimony in an arms deal probe.

It did so by trying to publish records of an inquiry into allegations that he received kickbacks from French arms manufacturer Thales, he said.

"The M&G is in violation of the National Prosecuting Authority Act."

This was why he decided to proceed with charges against the newspaper and two of its investigative reporters, Maharaj wrote in an opinion piece published by the M&G.

He contended that the newspaper transgressed Section 41(6) of the act in disclosing information gathered in the course of a confidential inquiry.

The newspaper could only have received the records unlawfully "in that they were stolen from where they were kept before they were handed to the M&G".

Maharaj said he was therefore not surprised that the newspaper was "so strident in condemning the criminal charges levelled against it as 'an attack on the press'".

"If no crime has been committed, why does it not let the matter take its course and let the courts decide?"

The charges relate to an article the paper ran in November last year with most of the wording, and sections of an accompanying editorial, blacked out.

The newspaper said it censored itself under threat of legal action from Maharaj.

Editor Nic Dawes said if printed in full, the story would have shown that Maharaj lied when questioned under oath by the now defunct Scorpions.

Last week, Dawes and reporters Sam Sole and Stefaans Brummer were questioned by the NPA's specialised commercial crimes unit in Pretoria.

Dawes said they were called to so-called "warning" interviews, during which they were informed of the charges against them and of their rights.

Maharaj has denied ever being involved in corruption and bribery.

He said Dawes' claim that his charges amount to an attack on press freedom, "conveniently" ignored the purpose served by section 41(6) of the NPA Act.

"The act serves a very specific purpose and in doing so seeks to counterbalance the intrusive measures contained in it by stipulating that these inquiries be confidential."

  • raath - 2012-08-03 14:38

    Why do I only hear "blah blah blah" when Mac opens his mouth?

      mundu.olewega - 2012-08-03 19:25

      Me thinks he protests too much!

  • peter.jeffrey.581 - 2012-08-03 14:39

    If your so innocent why do u care if the new paper prints it? Let the truth be told or are you trying to hide something?

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-08-03 17:30

      He is nothing but a corrupt scumbag who took illegal payments in the arms deal via his wifes Swiss bank account. He thought he was very clever by going to the NPA and telling them enough of the truth in a confidential disclosure. Which disclosure then cannot be used to prosecute him. He is nothing but a lying corrupt scumbag.

  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-03 14:46

    Exactly mr Maharaj....You say ....."If no crime has been committed, why does it not let the matter take its course and let the courts decide?" ....You also say ....Mail & Guardian broke the law by running an article on his testimony in an arms deal probe.....Surely you are not so far above the law that you dont need to listen to your own advice.

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-03 14:48

    Mac, your cover was blown long ago. You're a lying, thieving, corrupt, incompetent SOB, just like the rest of cANCer.

  • mholthuysen - 2012-08-03 14:51

    Mac you should be wearing an Orange Prison Outfit locked up in Westville - as only your ignorant cANCer Sheep actually still believe you. Or why are you and your beloved 'leader' so opposed to have the truth known?

  • Hangwanie - 2012-08-03 14:52

    go on Sir, you even looks scared yourself, why do we need to trust u?

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-08-03 14:55

    Yada Yada Mac how else did you afford that SLK

  • anton.dwl - 2012-08-03 15:00

    He has admitted that he lied under oath AND that funds were channeled through his wife's account, and lost his job at FirstRand because of that. Now he is the presidential spokesman, a job that he is most qualified for.

  • fanie.viljoen.73 - 2012-08-03 15:01

    Mac, if no crime was committed, why the fierce reaction to allegations you received kickbacks? Afraid perhaps?

  • willie.vanschoor - 2012-08-03 15:02

    Hey this ou is from Chatsworth broe he never spoke one word of a lie.....right! My boetie whos stekkie lives next door to his autie, who makes the best breyani, tuned me.No lie!!

  • peter.bolze - 2012-08-03 15:03

    Liar, L:iar your Pants are on Fire!

  • gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-03 15:08

    Enough of this rotten government

  • david.robinson.7509836 - 2012-08-03 15:15

    Maharaj - slime personified

  • lerato.motshana - 2012-08-03 15:27

    We all have to keep in mind who Mac works for people and where there is smoke there is surely fire. He is not even denying anything, he is just saying the records were obtained illegally, well Mac, now we know, leave the M&G to do their job which is reporting.

  • arlene.levitan - 2012-08-03 15:44

    Well Mac if breaking the law was actually a punishable offense then most of the South African government would be in jail. Seriously you are a hypocrite.

  • john.morreira.9 - 2012-08-03 16:03

    Mac needs to lighten up.

  • grant.montgomery.5074 - 2012-08-03 16:55

    No doubt the taxpayer will be footing the bill for Mahaaj's court costs.

  • pistonpete.outriders - 2012-08-03 16:59

    Where did the 2mil in your wifes bank account come from ....slimeball! Just answer the question...

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-03 17:06

    Mac we know the reason why you got that job of yours.....your history is tainted as zuma's. Fraud and corruption speak for itself. You can deny as much as you like but never mind your day will come just look around you those its funny how life has its own way of punishing people your turn will cometh.

  • robin.oelofsen - 2012-08-03 17:14

    "If no crime has been committed, why does it not let the matter take its course and let the courts decide?" I like the way you think, so lets ask your boss the same question and see what his response is....

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-08-03 17:36

      Ask him the same question. Why did he make the confidential disclosure to the NPA? Because it now cant be used to prosecute him and he thought that the laws governing the NPA would prevent it from being exposed to public scrutiny. The corrupt scumbag should do the honourable thing and shoot himself.

  • venet.smit - 2012-08-03 17:18

    These people are not sleeping so well these days, due to the fact that Zuma will lose his job at the end of the year and that they will also lose their jobs and the chances are good that the arms deal enquiery will start up again. I WONDER IF THEY HAVE A COUNTRY TO FLEE TO WHEN IT GETS TO HOT FOR THEM IN SA.

  • piet.strydom - 2012-08-03 17:36

    Why is Mac no longer working for FNB?

  • Erna - 2012-08-03 19:11

    Maharaj is deflecting attention away from himself by attacking the M

  • zikhona3 - 2012-08-03 19:25

    Maharaj is good liar,sorry to say old person is a liar but he is. Dirty oldman is the tool used by prez Zuma to cover all his dodge dealings. Maharaj must disclose his involvement to arms deals if he is innocent, it is simple than pointing finger to M

  • alaina.nel.12 - 2012-08-03 19:33

    Maharaj,you look like the devil himself on the photo.You all break the law every day .Now you want to pick on M&G.You have a cheek.You have work to do ,so do it...

  • alf.pop - 2012-08-03 20:03

    Come on Mac - you got caught out lying when your lips moved!

  • James Cussen - 2012-08-03 20:54

    I wouldn't trust Mac as far as I could throw Zuma...

  • pws69 - 2012-08-03 23:47

    If he lied under oath, then any and all protection afforded him for said testamony should be voided. You cannot break the law, then expect the law to protect you for breaking it in the first place.

  • pws69 - 2012-08-03 23:50

    Why has Zuma surrounded himself with so many tainted people? Birds of a feather.....?

  • ro.jhb.1 - 2012-08-04 17:35

    Mac you broke the law- why no charges against you. Is it because you are part of the corrupt sector of SA - I think so.

  • philip.darne - 2013-02-01 10:43

    Mac, Thy shalt not steal!

  • jabu.mpofu.98 - 2013-02-01 15:23

    Hey man, you know man, the M&G are actually right and all....

  • jabu.mpofu.98 - 2013-02-01 15:24

    Hey man, you know man, M&G are actually right and all....

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