Officials won't comment on Schabir Shaik

2011-03-16 12:36

Johannesburg - The correctional services department has declined any further comment on Schabir Shaik's temporary re-imprisonment and parole review board hearing, saying on Wednesday that there would be no "operational" updates.

"We are not giving any updates," said ministry spokesperson Sonwabo Mbananga after the convicted fraudster was taken to Westville prison on Monday following two newspaper reports claiming that he had attacked a journalist at a golf course and a fellow worshipper at a mosque.

He would not discuss Shaik's lawyer Reeves Parsee's reported comment that Shaik had been taken to the prison's hospital wing after the shock of Monday's events.

Shaik has served just over two years of a 15-year-prison sentence for fraud and corruption linked to allegations of facilitating a bribe from an arms company to Jacob Zuma before he became president.

A follow up case against Zuma and the arms company Thint was dropped shortly before the 2009 elections, which led to Zuma becoming president, when the National Directorate of Public Prosecutions declared parts of the investigation problematic.

Medical parole

Shaik was released on parole with a terminal illness but sparked controversy and accusations of special treatment because of his political connections. Public criticism heightened when it emerged that he was spotted eating at restaurants, playing golf and attending mosque.

After he explained himself he was given a warning by the prisons department which also told the public that he was allowed to leave his home for outings a certain number of hours per week.

The Sunday Times reported that he allegedly assaulted Sunday Tribune journalist Amanda Khoza who had been assigned the story of covering him playing golf at the Papwa Sewgolum course outside Durban.

The Sunday Times then reported that he allegedly struck a fellow worshipper who he had reportedly parked in.

The investigation related to the alleged assault on Khoza is "coming along very well", said KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Brigadier Phindile Radebe.

The Times reported that police had approached them for the telephone number of the man involved in the alleged mosque incident but when they asked him for permission to give the number to police, he asked them not to.

He did not lay charges.

  • paulf - 2011-03-16 12:42

    I smell a rat, must be the phone call to JZ to let him be released.

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-03-16 13:20

      That will be great

  • daaivark - 2011-03-16 12:48

    Foot and Mouth Disease strikes the ministry. Cry Quarantine!

  • juan.coetzee - 2011-03-16 12:56

    This should actually read: "We have phoned JZ and we are currently awaiting the outcome of negotiations for promotions and/or contracts, and/or kickbacks for the release of his crony". We cannot make any further comments, or we will jeopardize our kickbacks.

  • will294 - 2011-03-16 12:56

    Probably working out how to give him a full presidential pardon

  • Nuh12 - 2011-03-16 13:00

    Wow amazingly a man that is fit enuf to beat up people when it suits him, goes to jail and has to be treated for shock... What a load of crap... They showed leave to rot there... He does nothing for out society, just wants to be in the limelight all the freaking time.. Till death do you part now Mr Shaik.

  • Jim - 2011-03-16 13:04

    Here we go again with curved balls. Not long before he is back on the golf course with a far cigar.

  • Johan van Zyl - 2011-03-16 13:06

    Maybe our prison officials can let us know whether he is actually locked up somewhere,I think the bloke is probably somewhere in Zim under protection from Rob

      Die Blou Ou - 2011-03-16 13:13

      skipper is dit jy daai?

      galmaker - 2011-03-16 13:31

      If it wasn't for Jan van Riebeeck, Shabir would not have been an issue for you people. @Die Blou Ou - Is dit jy Jakkie?

      Die Blou Ou - 2011-03-16 13:36

      Dis alles Adam se skuld.. @galmaker: is dit jy Louis??

      pop101 - 2011-03-16 16:13

      Nah, dis Eva en daai slang se skuld.

  • Shorts1 - 2011-03-16 13:07

    Parole = Zuma off the hook. Back to prison for the balance of his fifteen year sentence = Zuma extremely concerned that the rat may squeal as a trade-off. Justice South African style ????????

  • Janice McMaster - 2011-03-16 13:08


      Mr Hobbit - 2011-03-16 13:26

      Yes - he had a very bad headache on Sunday.

      dyllon.leigh - 2011-03-16 13:31

      Yes, this is a sick, sick man with a terminal illness known as 'Life' The poor man has only about 40 Years Left! Allow him to live out his last days in Peace!

      Baboon sheperd - 2011-03-16 15:06

      Yes he's sick in the head. How can you go around moering people even at places of worship, or warship!

      Lavenda - 2011-03-16 15:55

      Yeah and I'm president!

  • Trevor - 2011-03-16 13:10

    Presidential Pardon coming....MARK MY WORDS!!!

      Duddles - 2011-03-16 13:56

      Trevor - of course you are totally correct because if he does not get off the JZ will be in trouble because Shabir will blow the lid on all their shady deals - I say lock both bastards up and let them rot in hell

  • Johan van Zyl - 2011-03-16 13:11

    He He Sick very sick !!!

      comments - 2011-03-16 13:21

      e e e e YES COMRAD very sick!

  • Rob Gunning - 2011-03-16 13:15

    "Allowed out for outings"???? I thought prisoners were supposed to be prisoners. At the very least he should be under constant house arrest, not enjoying freedom.

  • Melly30 - 2011-03-16 13:20

    Malema is very QUITE lately?????

      jiamalunga - 2011-03-16 13:37

      Electioneering I guess. Cause when he opens his mouth the ANC loses a 1000 or so voters

      zukile - 2011-03-16 14:20

      he's probably busy trying to work out how to get his sticky fingers on that 60% of Anglo Gold.....

  • Lily - 2011-03-16 13:28

    Everybody that is linked to Jacob Zuma can do as they please.That is the example set by our countries president.

  • Melly30 - 2011-03-16 13:28

    They wont comment because they dont know what their next step is... They just waiting for Zuma to tell them what to do!!!!!!!

  • Perfume - 2011-03-16 13:29

    Every will be quiet and not comment regarding Shady....the Guptas are the flavour of the month!!!!!

  • horst.o.muller - 2011-03-16 13:30

    But that is stupid, not telling us why he was taken back in. Surely the public is entitled to know.

  • Peacock - 2011-03-16 13:32

    "not going to give updates any more" WHY. Shaik is a very public figure now that he has a terminal illnes that has lasted two years and is fit enough to play golf! Even the three docorts reports seem to be cover ups

  • Mr Hobbit - 2011-03-16 13:33

    Simple solution - unconditional presidential pardon, will be anounced on 19th May 2011. Smell the elections - they are here!

  • jiamalunga - 2011-03-16 13:35

    Off course they will not say anything. We are still waiting to hear what horrible disease he has! And i he does go to prison the whole ANC leadership is going to be unhappy as he might spill the beans on them!

  • V8 - 2011-03-16 13:37

    The only way Shaik is going to prison is if we get rid of JZ as president and since that's not happening anytime soon, just give Shaik a presidential pardon so that we don't have to see that corrupt ......'s name in the news anymore. This whole story just makes me sick. It highlights the lawlessness of South Africa as a country and exposes rot right down to the core.

  • Jason - 2011-03-16 13:46

    How come he is only sick enough to be hospital when he is meant to be in Jail?

  • onetickie - 2011-03-16 13:54


  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-03-16 14:00

    :) - NO COMMENT - :)

  • V8 - 2011-03-16 14:00

    Shabir Shaik is SICK. We constantly bombarded with stories about sick crimes. Should all sick criminals that perpetrate sick crimes be given medical parole?

  • SilentGenius - 2011-03-16 14:15

    Definition of 'terminal sick' according to dictionary = Person is in an advanced state of illness with no chance of recovery and a maximum life expectancy of 6 more months .... somebody made a mistake .... was it the dictionary or the doctors?

      Mr Hobbit - 2011-03-16 14:27

      No no - you took that "out of context"! Was it a Pedi dictionary? Dont come here with your dictionary of white tendencies - are you a bladdy agent? Go out!

  • maseratifitt - 2011-03-16 14:53

    Just another reason never to vote for the ANC. The Shaik matter is in the public interest and all queries from the media should be answered to fully and truthfully. Government officials are our (the pulic's) employees and have no right to withhold information.

  • Baboon sheperd - 2011-03-16 15:04

    Lucky bastard this. Talk about knowing people in high places.

  • Lavenda - 2011-03-16 15:53

    This face does not look like a 'terminally ill' patient..I stick with my opinion that Schaik has/had 'something' on Zuma thus the 'scheme' to declare him 'too ill' to be imprisoned.I'm no doctor/nurse but have seen family/friends that really were classied 'terminally ill' and he sure does not fit the description.

  • stephen scott - 2011-03-16 16:03

    Release the poor man, and lock up everybody involved in his early parole, they are the arse hole corroding our democracy and justice system.

  • DW - 2011-03-17 14:06

    Shaik did not "serve" 2 years of his 15 year sentence. He lounged around in a private hospital, smoking cigars and tearing his hair out in boredom. Then they sent him home because he was "dying" where he carried on smoking cigars, played golf and went shopping - oh, and assualting people who got in his way. Maybe he is dead already and this is the heaven you get when you are an ANC member.

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