New arms deal details have confirmed why Jacob Zuma initially encouraged Andrew Feinstein to investigate: he may have needed bribery ammunition.
The French defence company that paid bribes to Schabir Shaik, allegedly funded Maharaj's bid to stop Scorpions from getting his wife's bank records.
Mac Maharaj has not yet decided whether to press charges against City Press for republishing portions of his 2003 interview with the Scorpions.
Mac Maharaj faces a predicament on how to respond to the serious allegations levelled against him in media reports on his section 28 testimony.
The European Union launched the second and final test satellite for its $5,3-billion rival to the United States Global Positioning System on Sunday, brushing off industry doubts over its viability. The Galileo project, Europe's biggest single space programme, has been plagued by delays and squabbling over funding.
The Presidency said on Wednesday that it would have to consult President Thabo Mbeki before commenting on a report quoting former ambassador to France Barbara Masekela. In the report, Masekela is quoted as saying she had arranged a meeting between Mbeki and an arms company that is the co-accused in Jacob Zuma's corruption trial.
The corruption charge against Jacob Zuma, the new head of the African National Congress (ANC), is on the agenda of the first meeting since his election of the party's national executive council on Monday, the party secretary general said on Sunday. "The corruption charge against Zuma is on the agenda," Gwede Mantashe, said.
Top leaders of the African National Congress said on Tuesday they had "grave misgivings" about the timing and handling of corruption charges against newly elected leader Jacob Zuma. Zuma has been charged with fraud, corruption, money laundering, racketeering and tax evasion.
The African National Congress clarified the absence of President Thabo Mbeki and a close ally, Joel Netshitenze, from Monday's national executive committee (NEC) meeting, saying both men had excused themselves a week ago, citing prior engagements.
The African National Congress's national executive committee will meet for the first time on Monday since being elected at the party's national conference in Polokwane. Items on the agenda include the National Prosecuting Authority's decision to charge new ANC president Jacob Zuma with fraud and corruption.