Further parole violations could land Shaik in jail

2009-12-22 15:02

SCHABIR Shaik has just found out that no-one is above the law in

South Africa, according to Afri-Forum.

The forum’s spokesperson, Alana Bailey, praised the Department of

Correctional Services for acting swiftly and decisively.

“They (the department) reached a conclusion within 48 hours after

we lodged the complaint,” Bailey said, adding that the department also

underlined the importance of an independent media.

The Democratic Alliance (DA), however, described the decision not

to review Shaik’s medical parole as a shameless inversion of the law.

“The decision to grant him medical parole was clearly illegal and

politically motivated, and the minister’s decision not to refer this decision

for review constitutes a cop-out and a cover-up of note,” said DA Member of

Parliament James Selfe.

The United Democratic Movement’s Bantu Holomisa said Shaik’s

downfall was due to his arrogance and he could not blame anyone for

disrespecting his parole conditions.

“He must be careful, because his next step is going back to jail,”

Holomisa warned.

Shaik’s freedom was curtailed after he admitted violating his

parole conditions, following an exposé by City Press. He violated the conditions

of his parole, which was granted on medical grounds nine months ago.

Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula instructed

her department to conduct an investigation to establish the veracity of the


Shaik admitted his transgressions to the department’s area

commissioner and regional commissioner, who visited him at his home in


He also confirmed his failure to seek special permission to venture

out of his home outside of permitted times.

In line with Section 70 of the Correctional Services Act, the

department then imposed the following sanctions:

  • Medical consultations will henceforth

    be conducted at his residence or at a place determined or approved by the

    relevant case officer;

  • Free time is reduced from six to two

    hours, but his privilege to attend prayer meetings at a mosque on Fridays has

    not been affected;

  • Shaik was warned that further

    violations might result in a warrant of detention being issued, which could

    result in him being re-incarcerated;

  • His parole officer has been changed

    and a senior official allocated to him; and

  • His behaviour will be monitored and

    may be reviewed after six months.

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