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Shaik's parole tightened

2009-12-22 14:14

Cape Town - Fraudster Schabir Shaik has been given a "formal warning" after admitting he violated his parole conditions, Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said on Tuesday.

She also said the conditions had been tightened, and that his parole officer had been changed.

Her announcement followed a weekend media report that Shaik had been seen shopping, and visiting a luxury residential estate, in Durban.

Shaik, who was convicted on two counts of corruption including solicitation of an arms deal bribe for Jacob Zuma, was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

He started his sentence in November 2006 but was paroled on "terminally ill" medical grounds in March this year.

Mapisa-Nqakula said on Tuesday that following the weekend shopping report, she had instructed her department to investigate.

Shaik had been visited by senior correctional services officials at his home and had confirmed the incident.

Subjected to further restrictions

"Further, Mr Shaik confirmed that indeed he had also violated his parole conditions by not seeking permission to venture outside of his home outside of the times he is permitted to do so," she said.

She said that as a sanction, Shaik's parole privileges would in future be "subjected to further restrictions".

He would no longer be allowed to visit his doctor's rooms.

Medical consultation would have to take place at his home or at a place determined or approved by his parole officer.

His "free time" had been reduced from six to two hours, but his privilege of attending prayers at a mosque on Fridays had not been affected.

"Mr Shaik has been issued with a formal warning," she said.

"Further violations may result in a warrant of detention being issued, which could result in his re-incarceration.

Free time

"The case officer (parole officer) handling Mr Shaik's parole has also been changed and a senior official has been allocated to Mr Shaik.

"Mr Shaik's behaviour will be monitored and may be reviewed after six months in line with policy."

The minister said these punitive measures were not a pronouncement on Shaik's health "but purely deal with clear violations of parole conditions as would be the case with any other parolee".

Her spokesperson Sonwabo Mbananga said "free time" was time in which Shaik could go anywhere he wanted, such as the beach, or shopping, within his magisterial district.

He said Shaik's free time had been shifted from noon to 18:00 on a Saturday, to noon to 14:00 on a Sunday.

Mapisa-Nqakula's statement came after she earlier on Tuesday received a report from correctional services' acting KwaZulu-Natal regional commissioner Mnikelwa Nxele.

Nxele travelled to Pretoria to hand over the document in person.

Earlier this year Shaik was reportedly seen playing golf in Durban, also in apparent violation of his parole conditions.