South Africa: Shaik factor back to haunt President Zuma
17 Oct 2017

What could former financial adviser Schabir Shaik reveal about his relationship with Jacob Zuma if he turned state witness in a corruption trial against the president?

That, for starters, he ran almost every aspect of Zuma’s financial affairs for almost a decade – paying hospital bills, debts, rent, vehicles, bonds, traffic fines, wives, school fees, kids’ pocket money and ANC membership.

Zuma was the man Shaik once referred to as his “brother”.

Shaik, who was controversially released on parole after being diagnosed with a “terminal illness”, is nearing the end of his 15-year sentence for bribery and corruption involving Zuma, who has evaded prosecution.

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