Medical parolees 'not terminally ill'

2012-02-23 22:35

Pretoria - Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has discouraged the use of the term "terminally ill" to refer to inmates released on medical parole.

"It is expected by society that once you declare a criminal as terminal... once he walks out of our centre people will start doing a countdown and believe the person is about to die tomorrow," she told reporters in Pretoria on Thursday.

She said it was very difficult for doctors to say when an inmate was at a terminal stage, because they were expected to answer why the released person had not died.

"It's not in our hands when the person is going to die," she said.

Mapisa-Nqakula was introducing the members of the new Medical Parole Advisory Board in Pretoria.

The ten-member panel, to be chaired by Dr Victor Ramathesele, will independently review all applications for medical parole.

The board comprises medical doctors who will investigate whether an applicant is eligible for parole.

Once the amendment to section 79 of the Correctional Services Act 1998 was finalised, inmates would be allowed to make representations for medical parole.

The current act only permits medical doctors to initiate the parole process.

The new board would come into effect on March 1.

  • inwardk - 2012-02-23 22:52

    What a waste of taxpayers money - a ten member panel to do a worthless job, with negative value to the general public, as all these menaces will be unleashed upon society. "Not in our power..." agh please! Not taking any responsibility for the Shabir Shaik scandal. Not cool.

      bernpm - 2012-02-23 23:02

      ....."It's not in our hands when the person is going to die," she said...... We all know!

      Max - 2012-02-24 05:09

      Well the idea with medical parole was that a terminally ill person can go and die at home with dignity. If we now say that we cannot determine when a person is going to die we must abolish the medical parole and call it something ells like "crony parole", "struggle hero parole", "tenderprenerial parole", etc.

      Fredster - 2012-02-24 07:26

      That is so "passing the buck" This Medical parole system has been working fine for many years, until the likes of Shabby Shaik came along and his cronies messed it up.

      Fanie - 2012-02-24 07:26

      The real point here is hidden in the detail. Prisoners can now apply themselves to go on medical parole. This will lead to a tsunami of applications. This board is going to be very busy dealing with terminal toothache and deadly acne.

      Kala - 2012-02-24 15:05

      It should be that if you haven't passed away three months after being released as a terminally ill inmate, a member of Correctional Services comes to your house and shoots you dead.

      Alf - 2012-04-28 07:49

      Shabir Shaik was terminally ill. He beat the odds by playing golf, beating up reporters and attacking people at Mosques parking lots! As for the real problem: Whenever I see the name Nqakula I get worried. She is the correctional services minister, he is an adviser to our president! There is no cure for that disease! No Wonder things are in a shambles!

  • jacques.koorts - 2012-02-23 23:11

    shaiks now you have to bribe 10 doctors to come out. getting expensive I say. :)

      Cast53 - 2012-02-24 07:48

      They have to make a living to. Very sad to see people get of so easy, article yesterday read that the friends of Selebi want to get him out because he is old and can not hurt anyone - so they are trying to say he should not be punished for what he have done just because he is old

  • Mark - 2012-02-23 23:28

    Mapisa-Nqakula is playing with words, dabbling in euphemism and also excusing the release of the hail and hearty Shabir Shaik.

      Grant - 2012-02-24 10:26

      Agreed - but a point further is that Medical Parole is a farce anyway!! Fine - set up a prison wing for terminally ill inmates - heck, even let them have more visitors... But they have done the crime - they must pay their dues!! What if I have AIDS? Does that mean that I can now stop working, and simply steal food from shops, steal a nice car, and maybe set fire to my ex-bosses house, knowing that if I get caught, I'll be released based on my medical condition anyway?

  • Etienne - 2012-02-23 23:30

    Get out of jail free card.....

  • Pawel - 2012-02-24 00:59

    Oops, I bumped my big toe can I go free now??

  • brionyl.french - 2012-02-24 06:11

    Off with their heads then... its simple... why release "sick" people... they are criminals... Maybe we should all do crime, get a free ride and pretend to be sick to get released after we have all the FREE education, medical, food, water, sanitary, DSTV the works... CRIME PAYS!!!!

  • TheJaydedKing - 2012-02-24 06:19

    Please explain to me how Shabir can get medical parole but that white killer with cancer cant?

      Bomb - 2012-02-24 06:49

      I agree, dont get me wrong, they both did despicable things, but Derby-Lewis is basically on his last legs, while Schaik plays golf. Its a disgrace.

  • Johan - 2012-02-24 07:43

    This is a typical 'duck and dive' response from an ANC minister !

      Cast53 - 2012-02-24 07:49

      If they did not die within 6month, give them the lethal injections, there problem solved

      PB - 2012-02-24 08:07

      Cast53, I like your way of thinking!

  • SJ - 2012-02-24 07:49

    The fact is that "medical parole" has been used to get criminals with political connections out of jail, therefor it should be stopped immediately. All cases should be reviewed immediately by an independant organization with a view of correcting mistake.

  • Khomotso - 2012-02-24 07:54

    What i don't understand is why medical parole is mostly given to people with political connections while an ordinary person struggles to get it or doesn't get it at all

      inwardk - 2012-02-24 08:40

      All are equal in SA, but some more equal than others. Its animal farm all over again.

  • duncan.bailey - 2012-02-24 08:14

    This is just a prepping for Selebi's "medical parole" applicatioin and grant....

  • hc12345 - 2012-02-24 08:15

    They do not have to be terminally ill.....all they need are friends in high places!!

  • Brandon_Wilson - 2012-02-24 08:28

    Viva! Crime Pays Big Time - Lets all follow the likes of Auction Alliance and Government - Lets steal as much as we can. The chances of being caught is very slim and if you do the chances of getting out is very big. VIVA cANCer VIVA

  • Colette - 2012-02-24 08:28

    Wow now we know why Shibier shake and Jackie selebi got away with it... this is just their way of making it easier on their buddies to have a get out of jail free card... now that i am surprised thought,

  • William - 2012-02-24 08:42

    SHADIR SHAIK's case is a case in point!!!!!!

  • jim.dickson2 - 2012-02-24 09:28

    Preparing the path for medical parole for Selebi....... Doesn't have to be at death's door. So, what is the reason for medical parole? Just give presidential pardons and save us all the drama............ We know it is for friends only. If not, Clive Derby-lewis would qualify!

  • Helmut - 2012-02-24 11:25

    We all die one day,but this lot is going to die, better sooner then later

  • ChatterBox - 2012-02-24 11:32

    "Medical parole" So they not "Terminal" then??? .. OK .... What's this then ... so they just SICK of 'being in jail then???

  • albie.mwansa - 2012-02-24 11:48

    At least something is big done at last.

  • Mike - 2012-02-24 12:20

    One wonders what terrible ailment Malema has up his sleeve.Kneemonia, toesilitis ?? . We will all die eventually

  • sadbe - 2012-02-24 13:56

    Why stopped now?? It sure worked for Shaik!

  • Alf - 2012-04-28 07:51

    The 10 member panel is just another aspect of government's job creation program!

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