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Shaik denies influencing contractors in arms deal

Chippy Shaik says the final decisions rested with Cabinet and then defence minister Joe Modise.

FILE: Chippy Shaik has defended himself in documents submitted to the Seriti Commission of Inquiry in Pretoria. Picture: EWN.

PRETORIA - Former defence procurement chief Chippy Shaik has denied he influenced contractors to make a decision in the controversial multi-billion-rand arms deal.

Shaik has defended himself in documents submitted to the Seriti Commission of Inquiry in Pretoria, where he has also testified today.

President Jacob Zuma set up the inquiry to investigate allegations of corruption.

In the 32 page document submitted to the inquiry, Shaik says he acted appropriately and within his acquisition mandate at the time.

It's alleged that Shaik demanded a bribe of $3 million in 1998 to ensure the success of the German bid to build four ships.

But Shaik says he did not influence the technical teams to select or deselect any products that were offered to the various contractors.

He says he merely managed the process.

"I had no decision-making authority to approve any of the acquisition programmes under investigation."

Shaik says the final decisions rested with Cabinet and then defence minister Joe Modise.