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Adriaan Basson: “Shaik Dropped Zuma’s Name and Zuma Delivered”

Zuma ExposedAdriaan Basson, author of Zuma Exposed, has written an article for City Press, about President Jacob Zuma’s recent statement urging state officials “not to succumb to pressure from name-droppers”. Basson questions whether Zuma has forgotten about his involvement in Schabir Shaik’s use of Zuma’s name in ensuring his company’s involvement in the arms deal. He also mentions other cases where “Shaik dropped Zuma’s name and Zuma delivered.”

Basson writes that, “Not once did Zuma stop Shaik from using his name or report him to law-enforcement agencies, as he now urges civil servants to do” and concludes that “Zuma has only himself to blame if people like ambassador Bruce Koloane or the Gupta family, who employ his son and wife, continue to drop his name for their own benefit.”

What’s in a name? About R1.3 million if you ask Schabir Shaik.

That’s the total of the 238 bribes Shaik paid to President Jacob Zuma between 1995 and 2002 to be able to drop Zuma’s name in his business ventures.

It was all working out fine for Shaik until the secretary of arms company Thint handed over a bribe agreement she had typed to the company’s auditors, who handed it to the Scorpions in 2000.

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