Shaik did not hand himself in - minister
Johannesburg - The department of correctional services arrested convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik on Monday and took him to the Durban Westville Prison.
"He did not hand himself over. Correctional officers went and picked him up from his house," Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula told Eyewitness News.
The SA Policing Union (Sapu) commended the department.
"This swift action will go a long way in terms of bringing some credibility to our criminal justice system and constitutional order," Sapu secretary general Oscar Skommere said in a statement.
Shaik's release on medical parole caused a major outcry in 2009.
Skommere said: "We will not get into the debate regarding his medical parole. Our concern is mostly with regard to the fact that, like many other parolees, he was caught on the other side of the law again.
"Sapu commends Minister Mapisa-Nqakula for this. We call for a transparent process in whatever steps [are] taken regarding Schabir Shaik."
Shaik will be held for 72 hours while the two incidents of assault allegedly involving him are investigated.
The Democratic Alliance said the party was pleased the correctional services department was taking this matter seriously.
"These two incidents indicate that Mr Shaik is incapable of staying within the parameters of his parole conditions, and clearly does not appear to be suffering from the terminal illness that was the basis for his medical parole.
"We urge the [parole] board to take decisive action against Mr Shaik if their investigation finds him in violation of his parole. Failure to do so will cast serious doubts on the credibility of the board, the parole process, and the department of correctional services," the DA said in a statement.
The Freedom Front Plus said Shaik's behaviour showed he was not terminally ill and that he must go back to jail to complete his sentence. Party spokesperson Pieter Groenewald said Shaik was an embarrassment to correctional services.
"It is high time that action is taken against Shaik... his arrogant actions show that he thinks he is above the law."
Independent Democrats secretary general Haniff Hoosen said: "Clearly this is the end of the road for a man who has conducted himself as an 'untouchable' and has managed to dupe the government into believing that he was gravely ill."
The Sunday Times reported that Shaik hit a man, Mohamed Ismail, outside a mosque in Durban on Friday. Shaik had apparently parked him in, preventing Ismail from going to see his daughter in hospital.
The police are already investigating Shaik for allegedly choking and slapping a Sunday Tribune reporter on a golf course about two weeks ago.
In 2005 Shaik was convicted of fraud and corruption and sent to jail for 15 years. Jacob Zuma at the time was axed as deputy president following Shaik's conviction. Shaik was Zuma's financial adviser.
Shaik served only two years and four months of his 15-year term. He was released on medical parole shortly before Zuma became president.