Maharaj charges City Press

2011-12-10 13:20

Johannesburg - Mac Maharaj, President Jacob Zuma’s spindoctor, and his wife, Zarina, on Friday used an obscure remnant of apartheid law to lay a criminal complaint against City Press and Media24 Investigations over efforts to reveal details of their alleged lies to state investigators.

Their attorney, Rudi Krause, wrote to Media24 Investigations after we approached the couple for comment for a report to be published in City Press tomorrow.

Krause’s letter reveals that City Press had supposedly been reported to the police for, among others, breaching the Riotous Assemblies Act of 1956.

The apartheid act, largely dismantled by the ANC government, was originally designed to “consolidate the laws relating to riotous assemblies and the prohibition of the engendering of feelings of hostility between the European and non-European inhabitants of the Republic”.

It so celebrated apartheid’s lunacy that satirical author Tom Sharpe once used it to title a famous novel, Riotous Assembly, set in South Africa.

Krause claimed City Press had also breached gagging provisions of the National Prosecuting Authority Act by using material from the court file of the Maharajs’ 2007 abandoned bid to challenge the constitutionality of a section of the NPA Act which was used to subject them to an interrogation.

He also claimed they had laid a criminal complaint, but in correspondence with City Press and Media24 Investigations’ legal representative, Willem de Klerk, declined to provide even the most basic details of the complaint.

Krause claimed the complaint to the police was about a breach of the gagging provisions of Section 41 of the NPA Act as well as a section of the Riotous Assemblies Act in which it is an offence to “conspire” with anyone to commit a statutory offence.

Maharaj has long claimed he is the victim of a political conspiracy.

Krause refused to disclose specifically who was the subject of the complaint, to whom the criminal complaint was made, the name of the investigating officer or the detail of the complaint but claimed the investigating officer was due to meet with a prosecutor on Monday to decide the course of action.

Three weeks ago, City Press republished material first published in 2007 about the couple’s interrogation, investigation and court case.

At the time Krause threatened to pursue a criminal charge against the paper and the authors of the report, Media24 Investigations team members Andrew Trench and Julian Rademeyer.

The Hawks are already investigating a similar complaint against Mail & Guardian investigative reporters even though they never published details of the Maharaj interrogations.

  • Larry - 2011-12-10 13:27

    Good, now the dirt will have to be exposed in Court. Mac, you are a silly man.

      Dave - 2011-12-10 21:45

      I hope so, I would like nothing more than to see this guy exposed for what he realy is. Calculate what he has pocketed in terms of housing for the poor and we see why he joined the movement, for the love of money, nothing else. Definetly not for the people of SA.

  • Shirley - 2011-12-10 13:42

    Mac you are a lying,cheating corrupt scumbag and the worst is you are the presidents spin doctor! The truth will come out-pity there is no longer stocks and public stoning!

      Gerda - 2011-12-10 14:05

      Shirley, why do you think he is the president's spin doctor? He is slick with words.

      Ryan - 2011-12-10 14:29

      how else do you think he got the job

  • Gerda - 2011-12-10 13:45

    How low can one get. Maharaj likes to use the word 'apartheid' in a derogatory manner but when it suits him and he sees there is no way out under the new law he is very quick to dig deep into the past and use the 'apartheid' law to save his skin. City Press and News 24 KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK WHILST YOU STILL CAN.

  • velastardust - 2011-12-10 13:46

    Wow! Now apartheid laws suit Maharaj? His current behaviour show clear signs of guilt. No sympathy for you Mac!

      Anthony - 2011-12-10 14:02

      spot on. so he wants to bring back apartheid laws maharaj you truely are a do%s

      Dave - 2011-12-10 21:50

      Mac running scared, any law will do just so he can keep his money.

  • Dawood - 2011-12-10 14:06

    He needs to be investigated,taken to court,and imprisoned if he is found guilty...mind u ,for a long time---Could MEDIA24 also investigate and expose white S Africans also,cos this seems to be a racist expose by MEDIA24 only against non whites.

      Rodney - 2011-12-10 15:32

      maybe it's because the whites are clever enough to hide their misdeeds well enough or not be as blatant about it, or could it possibly be that as the ANC is made up almost entirely of non whites and are at the heart of the corruption, it goes without saying that more black people will be caught? ya think.

      Dawood - 2011-12-10 15:44

      @ Rodney or maybe the media is owned by the minority who intend masking the wrongs of caucasians..i thought u would have been more intelligent than that...pls do criticise all corruption..

      Dawood - 2011-12-10 15:54

      well it is just like that in the west

      Gary - 2011-12-10 16:35

      I guess we all have to accept that this misguided logic is here to stay for ever... criticize a black man and it is racist .. regardless of whether he is a scumbag and the worst criminal in the world.

      Rodney - 2011-12-10 18:57

      Oh, i am far more intelligent than that, and you by the look of it. I despise corruption, fraud, nepotism etc. whether it is perpetrated by black, white, or any other colour of the spectrum. If you had the honour of being a friend on FB, you would see I regularly lambast the bent and corrupt the world over. However, we are discussing corruption in South Africa, specifically Maharaj and the ANC government as a whole, of which he is part. It is also abvious that the previous regime was corrupt ,but they weren't so blatant or blase about it, which is why we never heard about it until fairly recently. Corruption within governments the world over is rife, people are caught on a regular basis, the difference is the ANC have taken it to new heights and when they are caught, that person is simply shifted to another department.

  • Heinrich - 2011-12-10 14:10

    Maharaj charges City Press "The Charge of the Blue Light Brigade". Coming soon, to a theatre near you.

  • Trevor - 2011-12-10 14:15

    Oh man this is O funny...what is next...way the ANC is taking SA and bringing back some of the old laws that the NP thrived on by gagging media and using law as a way to silence the Media and Public....what is next ..Group Areas Act...

      maseratifittipaldi - 2011-12-10 15:27

      They already have the Immortality Act. Remember? ...till Jesus comes?

  • Judith - 2011-12-10 14:28

    Guilty as sin...

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  • fritz.louw - 2011-12-10 14:31

    I concur with the person above: "City Press and News 24 KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK WHILST YOU STILL CAN". From my side I want to re-iterate what I previously stated: "I can attest how the then Heath Commission / Investigation Unit would not attend to my allegations of the crimes Armscor and African Defence Systems (ADS) committed during the period 1992 to 1999. Armscor/ADS are indeed disgraceful and fundamentally corrupt organizations and both a shame for South Africa – in the past, now and it looks like in the foreseeable future as well. See for yourself by Googling “fritz louw”".

      jan.v.vuuren - 2011-12-10 14:46

      thank you! lol

  • Bob - 2011-12-10 14:39

    Maharaj is taking an offensive stance instead of a defensive one to try and cover his guilt! By doing so he is just drawing more attention to himself by doing this and is creating an enemy that will just have more determination and greater resolve than before, to expose his corrupt past. I have no sympathy for this very arrogant and self opinionated man!

  • Peter - 2011-12-10 14:51

    But then we, the citizens, should use this obscure piece of legislation to hammer away at the ANCYL for their racist jibes at every one of their meetings. Let Mac's own dog jump up and bite him in the 'youknowwhat!'

  • Herman - 2011-12-10 14:56

    Damn, these anc idiots are the dumbest lot ever, but man can they steal!

      Dave - 2011-12-10 21:55

      It's a religion for them. black or white ANC , or a inbetween like Mac.

  • Comrade - 2011-12-10 14:57


      Jack - 2011-12-10 19:54

      They stink as well!!!

  • JudithNkwe - 2011-12-10 15:22

    My blood turns to ice - to think that we fought for regime change and now we have this

      Dave - 2011-12-10 21:57

      I agree many have suffered and died so these elite few can become very rich, Gaddafi thought he was untouchable as well. The wheel turns.

  • Alan - 2011-12-10 15:30

    Poor Mac, you're going to find yourself charging a lot of media houses. Why don't you just get all the laws changed to suit you then you can claim "I haven't broken any of South Africa's current laws".

  • Frikkie - 2011-12-10 15:56

    Lyk my die ou rietkappertjie begin nou sweet, ne ou Big Mac. Ek hoop jy kom met n large fries en chockie milk shake, want babba gaan jou buig

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2011-12-10 16:01

    Justify your corruption by blaming the ones that exposed you. Well done Mac, you make a good politician.

  • Smanga Zwane - 2011-12-10 16:06

    This is a good test. The media must be happy... This will test if it is above the law... From an independent observer ...

  • Seja - 2011-12-10 17:17

    JZ made a big mistake bringing this Maharaj character back into the scene!! Why couldnt Mac just stay in business and make money far away from the public eye?? Instead he is just bringing unfavourable attention to the presidency and then trying to cover his azz left right and bottom!! I think he's brought more bad than good and should be removed asap if JZ wants to save face!! Mac is just selling us the wrong brand of Breyani!!! (to JZ:- One thing worse than a clever enemy is a stupid friend! and you seem to have lots of those - Heath is another!)

  • Samora - 2011-12-10 17:40

    all his challenges will just keep the story alive. he'e effectively "reminding" us about the allegations everytime

  • Ian - 2011-12-10 18:07

    A criminal, is a criminal, is a criminal... Only those that have something to hide would fight so hard to do so... Mac why don't you come clean or don't you have to moral fiber to do so. Are you also one of the ANC members that have rapped their voters and the rest of South Africa to fill your pokets... I say again if you are clean you would have nothing to hide...

  • Thozi - 2011-12-10 18:47

    This Maharaj chap - he's always has a devious and conniving kind of a history. If not accused of theft, he is proven a liar. Remember the Judicial investigation that was set up to probe Mr Ngcuka after he and Shaik, (Mac & Mo) had made false spy-allegations? Why does the President continue to employ these shaddy ccharacters?

      Thozi - 2011-12-10 21:21

      One of those Shoddy Characters should be that communist, Mantashe. He has confidently and on behalf of his party, professed an undying love and support for Mugabe, Africa's worst, wicked and despicable dictator who unilaterally destroyed a once thriving country, and turned it into a state of beggars. The sad thing is that under these chaps, the same thing has slowly started to happen in SA. Watch this space!

      comurray - 2011-12-11 09:23

      That should be obvious - "birds of a feather flock together".

  • Neal Badenhorst - 2011-12-10 19:24

    Mac you look like you've got something to hide

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2011-12-10 20:22

    Maharaj charges City Press Don Flexicote?

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2011-12-10 20:51

    Rietkappertjie . LMGA

  • Tom - 2011-12-11 08:40

    He is beyond guilty. There is no way an innocent man goes this far out of his way to hide the facts. If he is truly innocent then he should let the facts speak for them-self. He needs to resign from public office and donate all the money he has stolen to education and public housing.

  • Garth - 2011-12-11 09:14

    There are none so hypocritical as the useless anc.

  • comurray - 2011-12-11 09:17

    I feel the mac has a hell of a lot of dirty dealings to cover up, if it were not the case then why is he going after the M&G,City Press and Sunday Times at present. He has obviously brought this upon himself after denying everything.

  • Wesley - 2011-12-11 15:54

    It is so ironic, they start the political carreer in the jail and now the must end the carreer in the jail, love it

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