Chippy Shaik: I fully disclosed conflict of interest
Chippy Shaik defended himself in documents submitted to the commission where he started testifying on Monday.
PRETORIA - Former South African National Defence Force Chief of Procurement, Shamin 'Chippy' Shaik, has told the Seriti Commission of Inquiry that he fully disclosed a possible conflict of interest related to his brother, Schabir Shaik's arms company that benefitted from the deal.
Chippy has defended himself in documents submitted to the commission in Pretoria, where he has started testifying on Monday.
President Jacob Zuma set up the inquiry to investigate allegations of corruption.
Chippy says he disclosed early on during arms deal project meetings the relationship between his brother's company to French arms company Thomson-CSF.
The defence contractor was awarded the deal to provide equipment on the four ships bought from Germany.
Schabir's company benefited from the deal and he was convicted of corruption for soliciting a R1.2 million bribe from Thomson-CSF.
Chippy says he sought legal opinion which confirmed that he had no conflict of interest in the procurement process.
He added that previous witnesses at the commission confirmed that he disclosed the details related to his brother's company.
CHIPPY DENIES INFLUENCING CONTRACTORS IN ARMS DEAL
On Monday, Chippy denied he influenced contractors to make a decision in the controversial multibillionrand arms deal.
In the 32 page document submitted to the inquiry, Chippy says he acted appropriately and within his acquisition mandate at the time.
It's alleged that Chippy demanded a bribe of $3 million in 1998 to ensure the success of the German bid to build four ships.
But Chippy 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.
Shaik says the final decisions rested with Cabinet and then defence minister Joe Modise.