Minister clips Shaik’s wings

2009-12-22 12:22

SCHABIR Shaik’s freedom has been curtailed after he admitted to

violating his parole conditions.

Minister of Correctional Service Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula had

instructed the department to conduct an investigation into Shaik after a City

Press expose revealed that he had violated the conditions of his parole. The

parole was granted on medical grounds nine months ago.

Shaik admitted his transgressions to the Department of Correctional

Service’s area commissioner and regional commissioner. He also admitted failure

to get permission to be outside his home beyond the times stipulated in the

conditions of his parole.

According to Mapisa-Nqakula’s spokesperson, Sonwabo Mbananga, the

department then meted out the following sanctions against Shaik in line with

Section 70 of the Correctional Services Act:

  • He will no longer be allowed to visit his doctor’s rooms. Medical

    consultations will henceforth be conducted at his residence or at a place

    determined or approved by the relevant case officer.

  • His free time has been reduced from six to two hours. However his

    privilege to attend prayer meetings at the mosque on Fridays has not been

    affected.

  • He has been issued a formal warning. Further violations may

    result in a warrant of detention being issued, which could result in his being

    sent back to jail.

  • His parole officer has been changed and a senior official has

    been allocated to him.

    His behaviour will be monitored and may be reviewed after six

    months.


Mbananga said the measures taken by the department were not a

pronouncement on Shaik’s health but only responses to his violations of parole

conditions.

When Shaik was granted parole he arrived at his home on a stretcher

and it was said he was terminally ill. However, since then he appears to have

made a miraculous recovery.

It is widely believed that his parole was granted

fraudulently and that Shaik was never ill to start with.


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