Johannesburg - The presidency has declined to comment on a Sunday
news report that convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik wants a presidential
pardon and the repayment of a claimed R2 million loan to President Jacob
"There is no comment. The issue of the pardon
application has been responded to by the ministry of justice... that's
the only issue we are commenting on, not the others," Zuma's spokesman
Mac Maharaj said on Sunday.
Shaik told the Sunday Independent newspaper that he had
not been re-paid and wants what he maintained was a R2m loan to Zuma,
who according to a court finding was bribed by Shaik.
It was believed that the initial loan amount of R2.5m,
primarily used for Zuma's children's upkeep and educational needs, was
part of a loan agreement drawn up by an attorney, the newspaper said.
Only R500,000 of that has reportedly been paid to Shaik by Zuma.
Shaik also reportedly wants his presidential pardon. It has been more than three years since he applied for it.
He said he had not heard from Zuma since he became president despite their being in contact before that.
Shaik told the newspaper he felt used and let down by Zuma who was once a close friend.
"Now that Shaik is a dried up well, the Guptas are the flavour. I have been used and abused," he is quoted as saying.
He said he was concerned that nothing had yet come of his pardon application and feared he was running out of time.
Shaik's application was currently before the department of justice.
Department spokesman Tlali Tlali said it would then be
sent to the president for his consideration and decision, the report
In 2005, the Durban High Court sentenced Shaik to 15
years imprisonment for fraud and corruption. His sentence effectively
ends in 2021.
On March 2009, Shaik was released on parole with a
terminal illness but sparked controversy and accusations of special
treatment because of his political connections. He then applied for a
The Supreme Court of Appeals will next month rule on an
application by the Democratic Alliance that challenges the National
Prosecuting Authority's decision to halt Zuma's prosecution on fraud and
corruption charges related to Shaik's case in 2009.