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DA wants answers on Schabir Shaik

2011-03-17 21:09

Cape Town - Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula needs to appear before parliament's correctional services portfolio committee regarding Schabir Shaik, the Democratic Alliance said on Thursday.

This was so that the committee could iron out a number of anomalies in the handling of Shaik's two alleged assaults on members of the public, DA spokesman James Selfe said.

"We welcome and endorse the fact that the department of correctional services undertook to investigate the two alleged incidents involving Mr Shaik while he was out on medical parole.

"We believe that in detaining Mr Shaik while the investigation took place, the department took entirely the right course of action," he said.

It was now necessary to establish why the department said the allegations of assault levelled at Shaik could not be corroborated.

In both cases, witnesses were on hand when the alleged assaults took place.

At the most recent incident, at a Durban mosque, accounts suggested dozens of witnesses would have seen the incident.

Even if Mr Ismail, the alleged victim, was unwilling to cooperate with the investigation, the department ought to have conducted further interviews with other witnesses, and it was necessary to establish if these took place, he said.

"We also understand that the Sunday Tribune journalist, who was allegedly assaulted by Mr Shaik, was interviewed by the department.

"In light of all this, the statement by the correction services department's regional commissioner Mnikelwa Nxele, that the department could not assert whether the assault did or did not happen, requires further justification."

It might be the case that the department had acted entirely in good faith throughout this process, but the minister's presence before the committee would help to clear up these discrepancies, and address the impression that the outcome of this investigation might have been a foregone conclusion, Selfe said.

Comments
  • Fred - 2011-03-17 21:30

    This is all bullsh*t !!!!! They were just too fast to pretend they were taking action because of the impending elections, but you can't fool the electorate all the time. Even some of the brainwashed sheep are beginning to show signs of starting to think for themselves, and this could be spell disaster for the ANC. The sooner the better.

      Weeg - 2011-03-17 22:04

      He must died!

  • burtfred - 2011-03-17 22:09

    Assault is a criminal matter, an offence against the state. The SAPS are duty bound to persue the allegations and to interigate the suspect, regardles of whether the victim willing to testify or not. The release of Shaik is an influence set-up.

  • daspoort - 2011-03-17 22:40

    I have said it before, and I'll say it again: schabir shaik and his brother Mo (head of SA Intelligence) have too much dirt and information on ANC high flyers, no shaik will ever ever ever go to prison, not even if he murders or rapes

  • mrsesom - 2011-03-18 00:35

    The quickest way to sort this out.......Look into Mapisa's bank account.

  • paulf - 2011-03-18 05:55

    Where are the Hawks, Political Interference!!!! Investigation Please!!!

      Melly30 - 2011-03-18 08:49

      The HAWKS are Zuma's side kicks... We need the scorpions!!!

  • honey_badger - 2011-03-18 06:02

    Is'nt it great to have friends in high places even it is corrupt. JZ should be keeping him company is jail

  • pabnel.nel - 2011-03-18 06:37

    The wheel is turning, all the people that was bribed in thinking ANC is the way to go, finally they realised that it cant go on like this. ANC = 17 years. 21 years = first year for DA. People must accept that voting ANC will bring this coundtry to its knees, they already call SA a disfunctional state.

  • BigD - 2011-03-18 07:17

    Schabir seems untouchable. Very sad state of affairs. He does not look like he is dying, he looks healthy and fit enough to fight. Send him back to jail and apease the voters.

  • Big Apple - 2011-03-18 08:07

    never mind the assault charges ... we need some answers why shaike is still alive and kicking when medical parole is for people that only has about 6 months to live.

  • Agent - 2011-03-18 08:15

    It just amazes me what money can buy. Some of us just don't know where to shop, thats all. Sickening is our justice system, like a box of Smarties.

  • Chris - 2011-03-18 08:27

    Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula - now is also a good time to speak up about people escaping from our jails. What the hell is going on?

  • Sword&Cross - 2011-03-18 10:17

    Next SA movie to break all records: "Shabir - I once had a 'special' friend in Africa".

  • Santapola - 2011-03-18 11:12

    DA is wasting our time..He is innocent finish and klaar

      Melly30 - 2011-03-18 11:26

      You need your head checked Boet!! Come to me I have a baseball bat with your name on it!

      Felix - 2011-03-18 12:23

      Oh piss off Kolobe, your trolling is weak and getting old.

      John - 2011-03-19 07:01

      you are a stupid prick wioth fuckall brains !!!

  • Mario - 2011-03-18 11:46

    its really sad to see what money can buy you just lok at shaik i fully agree with one reader who said shaik should have been DEAD AND BURIED long time ago seeing he is on medical parole. Beautiful country we live in but hte same cant be said about our politicians.

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