Report: Schabir Shaik ready to turn state witness should Zuma stand trial

The 'Sunday Independent' is reporting that Shaik says he's willing to turn state witness and bring closure to the matter.

FILE: Businessman Schabir Shaik (C) leaves the Durban High court on 26 July 2005. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik is allegedly gearing up to turn state witness if longtime ally President Jacob Zuma stands trial for corruption.

The Sunday Independent is reporting that Shaik says he's willing to turn state witness and bring closure to the matter.

On Friday, the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the Pretoria High Court ruling, ordering the 783 corruption charges against the President be reinstated.

The charges relate to the President’s dealings with Shaik, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2005.

Former prosecutions boss Mokotedi Mpshe withdrew the criminal charges against Zuma in 2009, after considering representations from the president which included the so-called Spy Tapes.

Meanwhile, Shaik spent just over two years behind bars before his release on medical parole in 2009 on the grounds that he was about to die.

Zuma's former financial advisor is still judged to be "terminally ill", while his relaxed parole conditions allow for him to work, attend his son's school events and engage in sport from 12pm to 7pm.

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