‘That’s not me’ — Shaik

2009-08-12 00:00

CONVICTED fraudster Schabir Shaik has called allegations that he broke the conditions of his parole by driving around in Durban’s Musgrave area a “fabrication”.

This while it has emerged that Shaik is allowed out of his home at specific times to do his shopping and other errands.

This is according to Thami Zondi of the provincial Department of Correctional Services, who was making comments about a video that shows Shaik entering his Innes Road home on Monday afternoon.

The cellphone video shows Shaik driving a smart BMW.

It was shot by a Democratic Alliance councillor in Durban, Dean McPherson.

McPherson was driving around the Musgrave area when he noticed Shaik driving a black top-of-the-range BMW and decided to follow him.

He alleged that Shaik stopped to buy balloons from a street vendor.

Zondi said a Correctional Services official visited Shaik at his Innes Road home yesterday to discuss the video and determine whether he had broken the conditions of his parole.

Shaik was released on medical parole on March 3 after serving two years and four months of a 15-year prison term for fraud and corruption.

“We visited his home this morning and confronted him about the allegations. He denied them and said that he was at home,” he said.

Zondi said Shaik was not concerned that the video has been made public and called the allegations a “total fabrication”.

He said the only time during which Shaik is allowed to leave his home is on a Saturday afternoon between noon and 4 pm.

“Shaik is only allowed to leave his house during this time for shopping and other things.”

When The Witness visited Shaik’s home yesterday, it was the picture of serenity with no sign of other media camping out on his immaculate front lawns. A security guard was stationed outside the main gate.

The video has also caused a stir on local websites, and viewers have called for it to be posted online. Others have posted comments on the video.

The DA has described Shaik’s early release from prison on medical parole as “nothing more than political favouritism”.

The DA’s James Selfe said, “It becomes more certain that Shaik’s release from prison was purely political and had little to do with a terminal illness. As the president’s ally, he was ushered out of jail after barely serving any time … under a false pretext.”

He said that there are many terminally ill inmates whose medical paroles have been recommended by the Parole Board, but they are not released and die in jail.

Selfe said the DA sent a letter to the Minister of Correctional Services in May to have Shaik’s case referred to the Parole Review Board, but the request was declined.

Meanwhile, Correctional Services have said that there is no basis for a review of Shaik’s parole.

“It must be remembered that Mr Shaik was examined by three medical doctors who concurred that he qualified for placement of parole in terms of Section 79 of Correctional Services Act,” the department said in a statement yesterday.

The department said that the medical doctors were also subjected to scrutiny by the Health Professions Council of South Africa, which cleared them of any wrongdoing.

eThekwini DA councillor Dean McPherson expressed shock at seeing Schabir Shaik driving a luxury BMW in Durban’s Musgrave area yesterday afternoon. he followed it to Shaik’s house and filmed the car pulling into the premises. To watch the video, click here.

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