Media statement from Correctional Services of Schabir shaik

2009-12-22 11:23

Statement of the Minister of Correctional Services on the Matter Regarding  Mr. Schabir Shaik

Following media reports at the weekend that Mr. Schabir Shaik  had violated conditions of his parole, granted on medical grounds nine months ago, Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula MP instructed the department to conduct an investigation to establish the veracity of these claims.

Mr. Shaik was visited by senior Correctional Service management (Area Commissioner and the Regional Commissioner) at his home and confirmed the incident which was reported at the weekend to be true.

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.

In line with Section 70 of the Correctional Services Act of 1998, the department has therefore meted out the following sanctions against Mr. Shaik:

  • Mr. Shaik’s parole conditions and privileges have been subjected to further restrictions.
  • Mr. Shaik will no longer be allowed to make visits to his doctor’s rooms. Medical consultation will henceforth be conducted at his residence or at a place determined or approved by the relevant case officer.
  • Mr. Shaik’s free time has been reduced from six to two hours, however his privilege to attend prayer meetings at the mosque on Fridays has not been affected.
  • Mr. Shaik has been issued with a formal warning. Further violations may result in a warrant of detention being issued, which could result in his re-incarceration.
  • 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 behavior will be monitored and may be reviewed after six months in line with policy.

The punitive measures taken by the department are not a pronouncement on Mr. Shaik’s health but purely deal with clear violations of parole conditions as would be the case with any other parolee.

The department further deems the sanctions meted out to Mr. Shaik befitting the scale and level of violations of his parole conditions.

Minister Mapisa-Nqakula views any violations to parole conditions by parolees in a serious light and will not hesitate in taking action against any person who may be in contravention of such determined conditions of parole.   

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