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Zuma suddenly seems on very Shaiky ground


Zuma suddenly seems on very Shaiky ground

ANALYSIS | In admitting for the first time why he didn’t testify in the Shaik trial, he’s let slip a crucial bit of info


Former president Jacob Zuma’s last-ditch application to stop his corruption prosecution from going ahead does not appear to pose any real threat to the state’s plans to put him on trial this year – but it does contain one potentially damaging admission that may be used against him if and when that happens.

For the first time, Zuma has revealed why he chose not to testify in the trial of his former financial adviser Schabir Shaik, who was convicted in 2005 of corrupting him with multiple payments and benefits, and facilitating a R500,000-a-year bribe for him from French arms company Thales.

Zuma has argued for years that he should have been tried with Shaik, but has now told the Constitutional Court that he would only have taken the stand in the case if he had been guaranteed immunity from prosecution...

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