Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Shaik encourages Mbeki and Zuma to sort out differences

By Odette Ismail
26 September 2006

Durban businessman Schabir Shaik standing accused of corruption with former deputy president Jacob Zuma urged President Thabo Mbeki and Zuma to settle differences.

Shaik said that it was ‘tragic’ that the two cannot work things out, according to Independent Online. He says that he would like Mbeki to see the damage he’s done to some which he says cannot be ‘irreparable.’

Judge Hilary Squires found Shaik guilty on two charges of corruption and one charge of fraud in July 2005. It was also revealed that Shaik had a ‘corrupt relationship’ with Zuma. He has been sentenced to a 15-year-prison term.

Shaik did not go to Bloemfontein to be present at his appeal against his sentence in the Supreme Court of Appeal, but instead stayed at home to spend tome with his 5-month-old boy.

He added that Judge Herbert Msimang’s decision to throw out Zuma’s corruption case will not have much effect on hi own appeal.


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