Review of medical parole policy would not affect paroled convicts

2010-01-26 13:34

If the medical parole policy was reviewed it would have no bearing

on prisoners who had been granted parole prior to its enactment, the chair of

the National Council on Correctional Services, Judge Siraj Desai said in

Pretoria today.

“These rules do not envisage being retrospective in nature,” Desai

said in response to questions relating to how a new policy would affect

convicted fraudster’s Schabir Shaik’s medical parole.

He said recommendations of the new policy were that medical parole

could be revoked if a person recovered from an illness.

“If a person is released on medical parole, in terms of these

proposals he can he be reconsidered if he gets better. His parole could be


In opening remarks earlier, Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe

Mapisa-Nqakula said research indicated that “well over 60%” of offenders granted

parole on medical grounds have gone on to make a full recovery, leading

productive lives.

“The law is silent as to whether such persons should finish their

sentences in incarceration or at correctional centres,” she said.

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