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20 August 2017 17:28 (South Africa)

DA gets militant about Shaik pardon

  • Branko Brkic
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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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The Democratic Alliance says it has confirmation, at long last, that Schabir Shaik has applied for a presidential pardon. A pardon that will come from the self-same Jacob Zuma with whom Shaik was found to have had a corrupt relationship.

This is hours after the DA accused Jeff Radebe of everything (just) short of lying in answering a parliamentary question on the issue, its first attempt at putting the application on the record.

The application was apparently made in April 2008 and not yet decided on.

This could well become (or be made) a constitutional issue. The President has very wide powers to grant pardons as he fancies, but should he recuse himself in this case? If Shaik's medical parole wasn't just smoke and mirrors then he shouldn't live long enough for the Constitutional Court to express a meaningful opinion, but we'd sure like to know.

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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