Maharaj shrugs off bribe claims

2011-11-20 15:38

Johannesburg - Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj has shrugged off allegations that he and his wife Zarina received millions of rands from French arms company Thales.

Maharaj on Sunday said the Sunday Times, despite publishing an extensive report over two pages, had not found the space to publish his three-sentence e-mailed response to the paper in full.

Instead, it had selected parts of his response for publication, and this had consciously limited the public's awareness of what he had said.

"The fact that the Scorpions did not bring any charges against either of us should make you alive to the fact that the reported insinuations and allegations of unlawful conduct by us implied in your questions may once again result in, and subject us to character assassination and trial by media consciously making use of selective information only," Maharaj stated in his reply to the Sunday Times.

"These issues belong to matters that were investigated by the Scorpions.

"Neither Zarina Maharaj nor I are prepared to subject ourselves to a separate and additional investigation by a member of the media based on isolated aspects of a comprehensive investigation conducted by institutions established and empowered by law to do so," he stated.


The Democratic Alliance has since called on President Jacob Zuma to suspend Maharaj without delay.

Stuart Farrow, the DA's spokesperson on transport, said he would ask the public protector to investigate the allegations.

According to the Sunday Times report secret payments totalling 1.2 million French francs (R3.2m) were paid into Zarina's offshore bank accounts shortly before Thales was awarded a R265 million tender by the department of transport, which Mac Maharaj headed at the time.

The payments were made via Swiss bank accounts belonging to Schabir Shaik's company Minderley Investments, which the newspaper said was used as a conduit by Thales and its predecessor Thompson CSF.

Shaik, Zuma's former financial advisor, was convicted of corruption in 2005.

According to the newspaper, it had obtained a copy of a consultancy agreement between Thompson CSF and Minderley Investments, which had never before been disclosed.

"It is believed the Scorpions were unable to obtain this agreement, and that this ultimately torpedoed their corruption investigation into Maharaj in 2007," the newspaper reported.

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-11-20 15:43


      Squeegee - 2011-11-20 16:47

      Running scared - an investigation will lead to exposure of other corruption. Your time is up. Bye bye Mac.

      Sedick - 2011-11-20 18:15

      Agree. If the Maharajes were innocent, they would be suing the Sunday Times. One also has to ask how it is possible that Zuma appoints all these skelms? Or is it that birds of a feather.....

      Dirk - 2011-11-21 08:00

      They steal, lie and deceive, but they are not corrupt! ANC logic NEWS 24 WHY SENSOR? AM I WRONG? NO!

  • Kate - 2011-11-20 15:57

    Expose him and shame him. Then you will see him shut his mouth.

      Kate - 2011-11-20 17:10

      I am very interested as to where this is going to leave Zuma,Henno.

  • placebo.effect - 2011-11-20 15:57

    Chooooo Chooo, let the gravy train through! Every day there are just more and more corruption scandals. They just can't help themselves. He will get off just like Shabir Shiak, it still amazes me today how this issue has died out. The man was convicted yet he is free. Banana Republic? The ANC top brass might as well each carry a golden Ak-47.

  • braamc - 2011-11-20 16:01

    Yet again another thieving corrupt ANC piece of sh*t. They are so rotten from top to bottom.

  • Jannie - 2011-11-20 16:09

    jannie cant wait for you Mac....

  • Jeff - 2011-11-20 16:13

    And yet the morons still vote for them. Banana anyone?

  • Silvana - 2011-11-20 16:28

    "had not found the space to publish his three-sentence e-mailed response to the paper in full." "Instead, it had selected parts of his response for publication, and this had consciously limited the public's awareness of what he had said." How many parts can one select from a 3 sentence response? Must have been quite an in-depth response.

  • CALAMITYSA - 2011-11-20 16:28

    Mac - Please admit and repent and take what should be coming to you. Please do not fight and cause more court cases and appeals - it just cost the taxpayers too much.

      George - 2011-11-20 22:05

      Oh NO not another trip and time spent at Robin Island Extention

  • Barend - 2011-11-20 16:34

    This Mac guy is making a lot of noise. He must be dirty.

  • Kevin - 2011-11-20 16:42

    What kind of guy is he. The money was paid to his wife so she will have to take the fall. take a visit to Leeuwkop. Wonder if the curry is any good.

      Refilwe IronMan Rakoma - 2011-11-21 03:34

      Wow kevin you never cease to amaze me with you comments buddy 'wonder if the curry is any good'. Hey I wonder if Australia is any good.

  • Huey - 2011-11-20 17:16

    Mac where'd you get the cheese?

      usernameinvalid - 2011-11-20 18:05

      That's funny because the fast food chain "Mac Donalds" calls one of their products a Big Mac and there's cheese on it.

  • Ronald - 2011-11-20 17:22

    @Robert. Doesn't stop the ANC from doing the same, does it? The fact that the DA might or might not have skeletons in the closet does not detract from the fact that we need to know what is happening with our public funds. At last count SARS had received just in excess of 3 million tax returns, indicating that the burden of all the expenditure, be it above board, misspent or fraud, is being carried by 6% of the population, companies and VAT excluded. The statement that the Scorpions also did not bring any charges is disingenuous as the Scorpions were disbanded in a hurry while these investigations were still in progress.

  • Sassenach - 2011-11-20 17:22

    @ Kate: This is where Moegoe Mogoe comes in. Actually it all shows in Maharaj's eyes - guilty as hell. It's also time Shabir serves his time - properly.

  • paul.prinsloo3 - 2011-11-20 17:38

    Of course he is innocent, and so is Zuma, the Sheik clan, Mbeki and all the others whose names had been draged through the mud egarding the disappearance of billions of rands. I suspect extra-terrestial beings to be tampering with our monetary system.

  • Faizie - 2011-11-20 17:51

    So thats where he got his SLK Merc from to drive around Hyde Park.

      Refilwe IronMan Rakoma - 2011-11-21 03:30

      what is an slk? I am 24 and drive one of those, what about the white kids that drive ferari's and lamboginis around hyde park, are they just the coolest. You stupid man.

  • Nicholas - 2011-11-20 18:01

    So even the charismatic Mac Maharaj, who left wing radio journo's love to fawn over, is just another crooked ANC politician!

  • Joseph - 2011-11-20 18:03

    They say,"The evil that men do lives after them.The good oft interred with their bones." May be desperation is what brings the proof and confirmation of the Truth.Although we say the Truth changes with time it is simply philosophical but absolute.When you think the Truth has been forgotten sometimes it comes when you least expect it and verification is never an issue moreover when it involves Mac Maharaj socalled Big Mac.Very illusive but like the Ostrich it exposes its back.Now we cannot wish away what we assume is the Truth again.Big Mac you need to give respect to the Nation by not intimidating and coming out gun blazing.The Truth is very arrogant and as they say hurts but dont there threaten those who are prepared to sing it and hoping to get away.South Africa has a lot of problems and we need truthful citizens to run this country.The Youths are suffering because of corruption and cannot wait for the Nation to solve those issues affecting them directly.Come clean again!

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  • Gregory Jurgens - 2011-11-20 18:04

    Retire now and avoid serious embarrassment.

  • Roger - 2011-11-20 18:08

    Here we go again " These hands are clean "

  • nicn44 - 2011-11-20 18:28

    This is old news, he was exposed in the book 'Arms deal in my pocket" then he resigned from FNB because of the embarrassment it would bring,now Zuma has him in his pocket to vet any enquiry taking place as presidential spokesman.It is LIES LIES LIES and all will come up smelling of Roses.

  • Multi - 2011-11-20 18:39

    The Scorpions were disbanded (unfortunately since they did a damn good job and stepped on a lot of toes). Now we have the Hawks and they'll be coming for you (Lets hope they don't get manipulated by politics or disbanded before they manage to finish their investigations)

      Thozi - 2011-11-20 21:15

      Just a word of caution... If you remember, the Hawks had aready tried everything in the book (and succeded) to shut down the Arms Deal investigations. They cannot be relied upon. The current "change of heart" is as a result of a Court order.

  • Serame - 2011-11-20 19:30

    I res my case!

      usernameinvalid - 2011-11-20 20:42


      Gerhard - 2011-11-20 21:19

      Would you believe Zuma is the sworn in guardian of our constitution?

  • spookhuis - 2011-11-20 21:16

    Now that tax payer is a "BIG MAC"

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2011-11-20 21:34

    Sue the dudes that exposed you. It's ur right as ANC member to enrich yourself and family at the expense of the poor , hungry and unemployed .

  • Johan - 2011-11-21 02:28

    do not forget the R500k paid to mac's wife by one of the schaik brothers that lead to mac having to resign ... please also remember that it was a gift for awarding the n3 toll concession and the new driver's licence scam, sorry ... scheme, way back in about 2000 to the schaiks and their cronies ... the man is no saint, hey ...

  • Refilwe IronMan Rakoma - 2011-11-21 03:37

    Gosh, I wonder if they have the mail and guardian in australia, we need to send a large shipment there very soon.

  • Kevin - 2011-11-21 04:21

    You curry favour, it eventually comes back to give you heartburn

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