Publication: The Citizen
Reporter: Paul Kirk
Shamim Shamin Chippy Shaik Shaikh
The allegedly plagiarised PhD thesis of former
Defence Acquisition chief, Shamim “Chippy” carries an incorrect spelling of
Shaikh’s own name. This is one of many problems that Shaikh will have to explain
away when he faces a tribunal that will decide whether or not to revoke his
The Citizen has possession of a copy of Shaikh’s ID book, which
clearly shows his first name name is spelt with two m’s. However on the title
page of Shaikh’s PhD thesis his name is spelt Shamin and not Shamim.
the weekend it was reported that Shaikh had decided to leave South Africa for
Australia. Shaikh was quoted as saying he was despondent that nobody had
appreciated his contribution to building the new South Africa, but had instead
concentrated on his convicted fraudster brother who he had awarded million of
Rands in contracts to.
Chippy is currently the subject of an
investigation by the German authorities into allegations that he pocketed hundreds of million of Rands in bribes from German ship
builders *1 who he awarded contracts to.
The former arms
procurement boss was quoted as saying he wanted to build a new life for himself
However it is uncertain whether the Australians will want
him. Although Shaikh already has permission to take up residence in Australia,
he obtained this partly thanks to his PhD thesis. Australia operates a points
system whereby those wanting to move to the country are given points for their
educational qualifications. A PhD is among the highest educational
qualifications one can obtain.
Rebecca Barton, a spokesperson for the
Australian High Commission, told the Citizen that she could not immediately
comment on what may happen to Shaikh’s right to remain in Australia were the PhD
revoked. She said she would need to consult with Canberra, the Australian
capital, before making any statements.
A Durban lawyer who specializes in
immigration cases said that it would be highly likely that Shaikh would be
booted out of Australia were his educational qualifications to be found
With acknowledgements to Paul
Kirk and The Citizen.
*1 Rule Number One - always follow
And this amount of money seems worth following, although the
Germans indicate that US$3 million (circa R21 million) was paid to Shamim Shamin
Chippy Shaik Shaikh*2 and another US$22 million (circa R156 million) was paid to
other beneficiaries in the country via
*2 Brother of Yunis Yunus Shaik