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SA graft case

Durban, Feb. 17 (PTI): Mac Maharaj, a South African freedom fighter of Indian origin, has been accused of accepting bribe from a businessman, also of Indian origin, in a multi-billion rand arms deal.

He is reported to have accepted half-a-million rand from Schabir Shaik when he was minister for transport in Nelson Mandela’s government in 1994.

Maharaj had served 12 years on Robben Island with Mandela and other leaders and was an African National Congress heavyweight during his years in exile.

According to the reports, Shaik, under investigation for bribery and corruption, paid the bribe during the period in which his companies were among those rewarded a 2.5-billion rand tender for the upgrading of the N3 highway between Durban and Johannesburg.

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