United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa said: "We hope that this was merely phase one of the prosecution process; Schabir Shaik has been prosecuted as the corrupter. Phase two must necessarily be to prosecute the corruptee."
Judge Hilary Squires, who sentenced Shaik, had already indicated that there was a "generally corrupt" relationship between Shaik and Zuma. There was therefore no uncertainty about who should be prosecuted next.
UDM calls for Zuma's resignation or firing
"It would be an embarrassment for the country to have a serving deputy president arrested and prosecuted; therefore President (Thabo) Mbeki must fire Mr Zuma if he does not resign," Holomisa said.
He said the effective 15-year sentence for fraud and corruption was confirmation that South African society would not tolerate those who were guilty of such crimes.
Democratic Alliance MP Sheila Camerer once again called for Zuma's head.
"The DA has maintained since August 2003 that the deputy president... should have been charged with Shaik.
"We believe he should be charged now in view of Judge Squires' finding that he was complicit in both counts of corruption," she said.
Sentence "meticulous" ? DA
Camerer described the sentence as "meticulous" and "detailed".
"This and the cumulative fines on Shaik's companies of well over R5-million sends a strong message that corruption must not be tolerated. We were not surprised that Shaik got the full Monty."
African Christian Democratic Party justice spokesperson Steve Swart repeated his party's call for Zuma's resignation.
He said public sector corruption cost South Africa between R50-billion and R150-billion a year.
Take a hard line on corruption ? UDM
"This alone demonstrates that a hard line must be adopted when dealing with corruption. The ACDP supports the application of the minimum sentencing legislation by Judge Hilary Squires in the Schabir Shaik matter.
"We believe that the sentence imposed will serve as a strong deterrent to would-be criminals that bribery and corruption will not be tolerated in both public and private spheres."
Sentence a "deterrent" ? De Lille
Independent Democrats leader Patricia de Lille also said the sentence should prove a deterrent.
"Schabir Shaik has been handed the justice all South Africans needed to hear and that this should prove as a deterrent for anyone in the future," she said.
The world would take note that if they attempted to corrupt the course of justice in South Africa, the nation would find them and ensure they were duly punished.
"We should all celebrate the restoration of faith in our country by the local and international community with this judgment."
Cosatu respects court decision
The Congress of SA Trade Unions, which has openly backed Zuma, said it respected the court's decision.
"We definitely have to respect the court's decision in the matter, noting that the accused has reserved his right to appeal," spokesperson Paul Notyhawa said.
"We respect all the processes that have to take place."
Notyhawa said the trade union federation had never contested the trial as far as Shaik was concerned.
"What we object to is that the judge erred in implicating a person who has not been part of the proceedings and has been denied his right to respond in a proper forum," he said.
"Everybody must be given a chance to be heard before being vilified or sentenced in any way," Notyhawa said.