Advisor to South African deputy president sentenced to 15 years for corruption, fraud Tom Henry at 2:57 PM ET
[JURIST] South African businessman Schabir Shaik [Wikipedia profile] was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in jail after being found guilty [JURIST report] of two counts of corruption and one count of fraud, ending a high-profile case that many in South Africa had followed over its seven-month duration. Shaik has close ties to Zulu leader and South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma [profile], earlier thought to be a frontrunner to replace current President Thabo Mbeki [BBC profile], who some analysts claim will be unable to distance himself from this scandal to win the presidency. AFP has more.
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