Mac Maharaj

Madonsela to probe Maharaj’s stay at ministerial estate

The public protector will investigate former presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj’s stay at a luxury ministerial housing estate in Pretoria. This was after the Democratic Alliance wrote to Thuli Madonsela asking her office to probe the alleged waste of public funds. “According to the ministerial handbook, state-owned housing is reserved for[…]

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Complications after Maharaj’s surgery

President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday sent good wishes to his former special advisér and spokesperson Mac Maharaj following complications which arose after he underwent an operation for lung cancer. Maharaj was admitted to a Durban hospital last week Thursday, where he underwent surgery. The presidency said the operation was successful,[…]

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Maharaj pleads for privacy

President Jacob Zuma’s former spokesperson and special adviser Mac Maharaj has pleaded with the public to give him some time to recover before answering any further questions about his health. “I just need some time to recover. Please give me a bit of a break,” said Maharaj, 80, on Monday.[…]

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Maharaj’s last day in office

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj will leave his office on Thursday for the last time and start his retirement. Maharaj announced earlier this month that he would be retiring after four years as President Jacob Zuma’s spin doctor and special advisor. He was appointed presidential spokesperson in June 2011. At the[…]

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Mac Maharaj to retire

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj is to retire, the Presidency announced on Tuesday. Maharaj will retire at the end of April 2015. “Mr Maharaj, President Zumas former Special Envoy and former Cabinet Minister in South Africas first democratic administration, turns 80 years old in April this year and has decided it[…]

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No committee to probe Phiyega: Maharaj

President Jacob Zuma has not appointed a committee to investigate allegations against national police commissioner Riah Phiyega, his office said on Monday. “The media reports to that effect are incorrect,” his spokesman Mac Maharaj said. The Sunday Independent reported that Zuma had ordered a ministerial probe into Phiyega’s conduct. The[…]

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Spytape claims are ‘paranoia’: Maharaj

Presidency spokesman Mac Maharaj on Sunday slammed as ‘paranoia’, spytape claims that he co-ordinated President Jacob Zuma’s victory at the 2007 ANC conference in Polokwane. “I think it is wild speculation by people who are paranoid,” said Maharaj. The Sunday Times published a compilation of transcripts from the so-called spy[…]

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