Selebi, Shaik to benefit from remission

2012-04-28 17:55

Johannesburg - Former police chief Jackie Selebi and former financial adviser to President Jacob Zuma, Schabir Shaik, will benefit from a special remission of sentences announced on Freedom Day, according to a report on Saturday.

Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said both men qualified for an 18-month remission of their sentences.

She said they were part of thousands who will be released early.

"Obviously, they will benefit like all other inmates but there is no special amnesty or pardoning of Schabir Shaik and Jackie Selebi," the minister said, according to SABC radio news.

Realised on medical parole

In 2005, the KwaZulu-Natal High Court sentenced Shaik to 15 years in prison for fraud and corruption. His sentence effectively ends in 2021.

In March 2009, Shaik was released on medical parole after being diagnosed with a terminal illness. He served two years and four months of his sentence.

Selebi was convicted of corruption on 2 July 2010, and handed a 15-year sentence.

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj, and Justice ministry spokesperson Tlali Tlali referred all enquiries to Correctional Services spokesperson Sonwabo Mbananga who could not immediately be reached for comment.

Earlier, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said more than 35 000 offenders could be released, depending on an assessment, on a special remission of sentence, as announced by President Jacob Zuma.

"The special remission...will see all sentenced inmates, probationers and parolees granted a six month remission of sentence...and an additional 12 months," he told a media briefing in Pretoria. "This will reduce the level of overcrowding in Correctional Centres from 34% to approximately 20%."

Assessment process

It was estimated that around 20 855 probationers and parolees, and 14 651 sentenced inmates would be released "conditionally or unconditionally" in terms of an assessment process.

"The completion of a compulsory pre-release assessment and the attendance of...the programme is a prerequisite before the conditional or unconditional release of offenders can take place," explained Mthethwa.

Offenders who qualify can only be released from May 14 this year in "controllable groups".

Zuma announced on Friday that his administration would grant the special remission to specific categories of sentenced offenders, probationers and parolees.

Escapees excluded

In South Africa the granting of special remissions is governed by placing safety first and promoting shared responsibility for the correction of offending behaviour and rehabilitation, Mthethwa said.

He said Zuma had ensured that the process would be a fair non-discriminatory and transparent one where certain categories of prisoners would be excluded from aspects of the proposed remission.

"Such exclusion is justified on the basis [of[ public interest and concern and the prevalence of serious offences, the integrity of the criminal justice system and the administration of justice," said Mthethwa.

Those sentenced for aggressive, sexual, firearm and drug-related offences would not qualify for the special remission.

"Remission will exclude all escapees and absconders who are still at large... This will reduce the level of overcrowding in Correctional Centres from 34% to approximately 20%," said the police minister.

  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-28 18:01

    Well there's the surprise of the century. Are you surprised? I'm surprised. And here I thought they'd simply recover from their ShaikeySelebi Syndrome ...

      Oscar - 2012-04-28 18:06

      No surprise here but in Selebi's case it will luckily make no substantial difference, that is if he is still in jail which I doubt.

      Ian - 2012-04-28 18:22

      No surprises there, the inmates are running the asylum.....

      Sboniswa - 2012-04-28 19:02

      ha ha ha @CharlesDumbwin, i'm also not surprised at all. ShaikeySelebi Syndrome. U nailed it!!!

      Benn - 2012-04-28 19:04

      All the goat herder and his band of thieves do, is they appoint more gangsters as security guards to surround them- at taxpayers expense of course.

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-28 20:11

      This is when you have wishful thinking....that the word "remission" might actually mean "extension".... However I still think I have more chance of that, than finding an honest ANC MP.......

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-28 20:57

      I tell you what would make this the perfect irony... Can you imagine one of these 35000 making an ANC MP (or their family) a victim of their crimes..... @greetings Tienie

      carpejugulim - 2012-04-29 06:23

      "Such exclusion is justified on the basis [of[ public interest and concern and the prevalence of serious offences, the integrity of the criminal justice system and the administration of justice," said Mthethwa My aching ... Shaik knows what a golf course looks like not what the inside of a cell looks like. Where does releasing 35 000 prisoners assist or benefit the victims? Has the administration system been repaired or are another 5 000 violent criminals going to be released "by accident" again due to administration errors? Now that is a matter of piblic concern

      Kevin - 2012-04-29 10:45

      AnthonyfromAfrica, Selebi should not be released but Agliotti prosecuted and locked up for at least the same lenght of time. If with his terminal kidney condition you wish for medical parole then say so. Remember its not the amount of money its the crime and betrayal of trust. I also have information from trusted sources that this was the tip of the iceberg, these are from people I know and trust who were predjudiced by bribes paid to Selebi.

  • anne.crewe - 2012-04-28 18:04

    How can Sheik benefit ... he is supposed to be dead.

  • Sharon - 2012-04-28 18:04

    Was there ever an doubt?

  • dave.prinsloo - 2012-04-28 18:06

    shaik and selebi are already free.

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-04-28 21:01

      Don't know why the fuss over Selebi and Shaik...I don't think they have ever physically been in jail anyway all this time....I mean Shaik has been living a normal life at home, and Selebi has been in hospital...served on hand and foot...and as for that really stupid, pathetic and very devious smile he put on for the cameras while being wheeled into an's enough to make you cry with frustration.....only the world is watching and laughing.

  • George - 2012-04-28 18:07

    Perhaps some of the scum to be released should rather choose to stay in prison for their own safety. The township folk have become very vigilant, as in vigilantism. The tokolosh will come to visit.

  • Adil Smit - 2012-04-28 18:11

    Shaik is not in jail.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-28 19:13

      We know. He's dead. The jailhouse crock. Shaik, Rattle and Roll. The skeleton staff at hole 19. The golf course spectre. But Jacob and his seven wives will bring him back to life.

      balan.morgen - 2012-04-29 09:17

      AnthonyfromAfrica, your head is full of crap

  • valcooperRSA - 2012-04-28 18:11

    No surprises here.....all I see is hidden agenda's

  • Barefoot - 2012-04-28 18:12

    18 months out of 15 and 16 years

      Barefoot - 2012-04-28 18:37

      My bad 15 and 15

  • WhiteNut - 2012-04-28 18:15

    That was the whole point! Next year another 18 months off

  • Ian - 2012-04-28 18:16

    the 2 of them can stop faking now

  • Blane - 2012-04-28 18:17

    No surprise here , why not build more jails ?

  • Paul Maema - 2012-04-28 18:29

    wat about chris hani killers? Dey must also receive remmision cos its apply 2 dem like de rest of other imates dey did serve de term.

      Barefoot - 2012-04-28 18:35

      Did you read the first article or conditions for receiving remission? number one violent offenders don't get it

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-28 19:21

      Yes but others did! Chris Hani's killing was politically motivated. So were the killings of Robert MacBride - Where he planted bombs and murdered and maimed innocents. Hani's killers are still in jail while MacBride has been free for many years.

      Jacqui - 2012-04-29 12:55

      Chris Hani's killers are white. They don't count.

  • Toofaan - 2012-04-28 18:30

    Unbelievable (or maybe too believable). How do I join this party ? I also wanna be able to steal and bribe and loot and get away with it. C,mon - who do I gotta pay off ? Tell me!!!!! If it were not so sad (and real), I would really laugh.

  • Jandl Reevo Reeves - 2012-04-28 18:30

    The main crook sits on the thrown...our so called president....Shaik and selebi are crooks and big chommies with zuma.3 make a crowd and you are who you friends are.the president is a f$cking loser letting go prisoners for the excuse of his more prisons in the centre of every township with the money you ANC pricks steal every year.30 billion

  • Jean - 2012-04-28 18:31

    Now I wanna here those IDIOTIC anc supporters... But like always they won't see any fault here!!! Stupidity should have been a deadly disease!

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-28 19:17

      No Fannie, vote for someone else!!

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-04-28 21:17

      Fannie...I'm sure you see what ALL of us have been saying about "OUR LIBERATION FIGHTERS"..who now call themselves government Ministers and's sad actually that they rule this land like freedom fighters....but being government officials requires highly intelligent men ...highly qualified in the field that they need to serve and improve..but these men......eish...uha...they don't have a clue.This is not saying this because they are black guy's....I don't care what colour you are, just run this land properly, that ALL MY BE HAPPY IN IT.

      Jean - 2012-04-28 21:31

      Fannie you know you are just fooling yourself. The anc celebrated a day and letting not the average hard working south african benefit from the day but people that cause harm to us and has zero respect for the law. How can you let a party continue destroying this country and by letting those who you saw as heroes and fought hard for freedom and let it go back to a whole other evil... You are just as bad as those who controlled apartheid, actually you are worse cos this time there are options!!! Ps previous message, typo: hear.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-28 18:35

    Bring back the death penalty that will give prisons plenty space.Us law abiding and tax paying people should be consulted first.E nc know what i mean.

  • Dries - 2012-04-28 18:49

    Watch this space. Jacky will be as fit as a fiddle within a week after his release.

      Sie - 2012-04-28 19:49

      Yeah, Dries. And the dude will be playing golf in no time, hitting them birdies with reckless abandon. Bad isnt it?

  • John - 2012-04-28 18:56

    This is it !!! Whites must concentrate their numbers in the western cape and then declare independence. We cannot live in a country governed criminals.

      Bobo - 2012-04-28 19:13

      Can I come too ? I`m going to sell my banana farm...Last nights intruders thought I was white !

      FinalJustice - 2012-04-28 19:16

      @fannie, you are indeed 'funny' - no blacks has been there forever, they all came from up North, and if you paid attention in Gr.2 history you would have known that ...\r\nNever the less, everyone would be welcome to stay for as long as the remain law-abiding citizens, and contribute towards the welfare of all those who reside there. Unlike the rest of Africa where crime and corruption suppresses those who want to live in peace and harmony.

      Bobo - 2012-04-28 19:28

      @Fannie - For starters...Racial discrimination will not be tolerated. In a DA Independed Cape there will be no mention of race in your ID Book or any other application form. Employment will be on education & Experience for the best candidate.

      Jean - 2012-04-28 21:53

      John normally I would say comments like that are unfair but when one lives for 23 years in the western cape and all is well and then in your first weekend moving to Gauteng and all your belongings get stolen!! Guess how I feel towards an anc run province!! IT SUCKS!!!

      Jacqui - 2012-04-29 13:01

      Fannie, the blacks haven't been here forever. They come this way because here they have hope to have a better life. I just wish we could give that to them overnight.

  • simakoko - 2012-04-28 18:59

    When it comes to zuma I rest my case. He doesn't have to be remove as a president of the country or the leader of the ANC.. I just have to Vote for other parties.. DA might do for me.. He doesn't behave like a president..He is a friend with thugs

  • Ferdie Van Der Merwe - 2012-04-28 19:01

    Democracy? I don't think I understand the meaning correctly. But isn't it suppose to be a case of the people make the choices? Malema might have been right all along. Zuma might just be a dictator!

      nokuthula.hlatshwayo.37 - 2012-04-28 19:34

      My family always wanted 2 know y I support DA,I hope they are answered now,iam nt trying 2b white or pinky I'm tired of ANC

      Jacqui - 2012-04-29 13:07

      Nokuthua, during exile we would get ogether and dream about the new South Africa where all races would stand together and build a bright, beautiful future for all generations to come. Tears would flow and we couldn't wait. We are still wating because our dream have been raped and destroyed by greed and politicians of the worse kind. But the dream, a lot flimsier now, is still there. Maybe not in my lifetime , but maybe in yours a better, honest society will see the light of day.

  • Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-04-28 19:01

    @fannie anc loving idiot im so tired of your comments i can cry your goverment is killing this country how can majority of country have such blind and dumb belief in a thieving gov wake up please i beg of you

      Ferdie Van Der Merwe - 2012-04-28 19:04

      @st I agree completely with your comment. I suppose it's apartheids fault again. The anc with all it's supporters is bringing this country to it's knees!!!

      kaizerjuly - 2012-04-28 22:39

      Its bcz we dnt trust sum f u tereblanches f ths world lyk u

      kaizerjuly - 2012-04-28 22:40

      Its bcz we dnt trust sum f u tereblanches f ths world lyk u

      Jacqui - 2012-04-29 13:09

      kaizerjuly. Good heavens, is this what they teach you at school?.

  • Luzuko - 2012-04-28 19:02

    let all these convicts out, including Clive Derby-Lewis, dont know what point u r trying to prove by keeping him in jail anyway!!! The police are literaly busting their heads to put all these criminals behind bars and the the government is issuing get out of jail tickets on the other hand! freedom my ass...

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-06-12 13:39

      I think this has all been engineered just so that Zuma can let his two buddies out... If the jails are overflowing build more jails!

  • Luzuko - 2012-04-28 19:02

    let all these convicts out, including Clive Derby-Lewis, dont know what point u r trying to prove by keeping him in jail anyway!!! The police are literaly busting their heads to put all these criminals behind bars and the the government is issuing get out of jail tickets on the other hand! freedom my ass...

  • Julian - 2012-04-28 19:06

    With ANC and zuma running the country (into the ground I might add) I have learnt that crime does pay

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-06-12 13:39

      especially if you are well-connected

  • Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-04-28 19:09

    kanetso michael moleeko wtf ive heard this from a couple of people thats so sad if people think your way we will die of hunger and crime im starting to dig my hole underground shelter goodbey and goodluck you blind sods

      Kanetso Michael Moleeko - 2012-04-28 19:22

      The reality is that whites always criticized African presidents, they always realized their good work after they vacated the office. But I still don't support our government on this one, it will simply make crime statistics to rise up.

      Bobo - 2012-04-28 19:42

      The Reality is that you will always make this a racial issue Kanetso..I can understand why whites feel the way they do, you don`t help either by commenting the way you do. Get over it.

      Jacqui - 2012-04-29 13:11

      Kanetso, do enlighten us about the good work African presidents have done.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-28 19:10

    Make them disappear quietly bloody thieves let them out someone will get them.

  • allan.whitton1 - 2012-04-28 19:10

    build more prisons and help to reduce unemployment. 3 or 4 should do to allow for the increase of prisoners. They increase the number of courts and magistrates but not the prisons, what did they think would happen, then again they escape so easily I'm surprised that they are full

  • Luzuko - 2012-04-28 19:11

    Like Peter de Villiers said, there is just no cure for stupidity!

  • Denise - 2012-04-28 19:17

    News 24 cannot spell. Sub heading 'REALISED on Medical parole' Sorry what!!!!!!!

  • joathanj - 2012-04-28 19:19

    Absolute madness.

  • nomavo1 - 2012-04-28 19:20

    Wow! I hate this government who sympathizes with criminals nd what is going to happen now is corruption after corruption nd a man walks free.

  • Khanyi - 2012-04-28 19:24

    There is a reason why they are in prison, l will wait and see the outcome of this ridicuolos freedom day gift.

      Wally Walters - 2012-04-28 19:36

      now the puzzle is connecting ! its about those corrupter the land of milk and honey , jackie and sheik miraculously they both will be cured from their dreaded diseases in a couple of days; miracles do happen

  • nomavo1 - 2012-04-28 19:29

    Yho! Yho! Yho! 35 000 offenders will be released Yho correctional centeres will be empty nd there will be no jobs for correctional officers. WATCH THIS!!!!

  • Malavi - 2012-04-28 19:29

    It is time for the ANC to recall afraid he has pressed a self distruction button.

      Clint - 2012-04-29 05:47

      Doubt hes gona b recalled.. Covering hes tracks nicely budd. Took out JM who has a large support base and nw even keeping SS and JS happy nd quiet? Cumon luk wat da guy did 2 TM and wer he is ryt nw

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-28 19:30

    Moleeko it isnt whites alone who critise black presidents read the comments here bud,whites are actually very forgiving people and everyone wants to move forward in sa but its the anc who is preventing this they are promoting hatred and crime and corruption unfortunately the uneducated masses dont see it that way.

      Clint - 2012-04-29 05:39

      I cant undastand hw sum1 could stil give ur comment a thumbs down.. Because by doing so they actualy proving ur comment 2 b the blatant truth as it very well is!!

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-04-28 19:46

    April Fool.... hahahaha. And the rot spreads deeper!

  • Sello - 2012-04-28 19:47

    So Selebi will walk a free man in a matter of weeks? I rest my case. I give up.

      Wally Walters - 2012-04-28 20:34

      it is unbelievable how criminals look after each other in this country The world must be staring at this country in disbelieve the land of milk and honey

      nonhlanhla.nhlumayo1 - 2012-04-28 22:48

      Never mind walking free,the man never spent a day in jail.Wonder what happened to legal fees he was owing

  • Johan - 2012-04-28 19:48

    All you brainless people complaining we always criticise Zuma and anc, why do they give us so many reasons to do so. How must we respect a anc supporter when your leader always produces crap like this? This stupid/criminal/rapist ect is your face!

      Johan - 2012-04-28 20:13

      Facts my friend,facts. We are always reminded of apartheid, so be reminded of our future in this mans hands. Blacks was failed then, everyone in society is failed now

      khanyib1 - 2012-04-29 13:56

      What exactly are your facts Johan? Remember that when a human become brainless, they are no longer referred to as people, but corpses. So, what are your facts?

      Johan - 2012-04-29 15:22

      Reading your responce, you proved my point. Brainless was not the focus of the comment

  • frank.hartry - 2012-04-28 19:58

    Remember that Zuma will do anything to prevent Shaik from spilling the beans about their alleged corrupt relationship. The next step will be a pardon for Shaik whilst Zuma is president.

  • George - 2012-04-28 20:04

    Schabir Schaik\...will spill the bean if you dnt let me free Mr.President. 'Please my financial advisor dnt, I will let u free on freedom day. Viva Republic of South Africa

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-04-28 20:07

    Mr Zuma... you seem to think it's a constant joke running this country(every time you make a speech you laughing)...let me assure you the people of this country don't think your freeing the prisoners is a joke.We're not blind released these men, Selebi and Shaik because they hold secrets about needed to please them....and free they keep quiet.

  • TheVern69 - 2012-04-28 20:13

    Go ahead and put more criminals on the streets! We have been taking for years,what difference its going to make with a few more treating the fellow South Africans like whores and I mean men and woman! To stamp out corruptness,is to cut off the head of the snake!

  • Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-04-28 20:24

    run to the hills run for your life

  • Carol - 2012-04-28 20:29

    Yes are we surprised in this country that is full of corruption!!!!!!

      Wally Walters - 2012-04-28 20:38

      I would love to hear comments on this issue from the rest of the world

  • Franklyn - 2012-04-28 20:37

    he will set free who-ever,so long as his acolytes keep their mouths shut !

  • Tony - 2012-04-28 20:51

    Why the DA as an alternative Party to the ANC - why not PAC or AZAPO or COPE or UDM ? Why the DA when you know that this is not a sustainable party. Are you just accustomed to using scare tactics? Politics is South Africa is not about playing games - it is a serious affair and believe me the DA or the FF+ is the bus that South Africans should never catch. South Africans are not serious about politics but more concerned of restoring the old and the franchise of the white man. What a short-sighted strategy - waste of manpower and resources.

      Garth - 2012-04-28 21:10

      Get a life Mullet.

  • Garth - 2012-04-28 21:07

    Clean your weapons, ure going to need them.

  • Sibusiso - 2012-04-28 21:07

    Zuma = tony montana. No1 mafia, mangaung please save us from this gangstar

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  • Joe - 2012-04-28 21:28

    Another 35000 crooks and thug back on the streets, to team up with the countless thousands that have never been caught. A year from now the police will be boasting about all of the criminals they have caught and the majority will be from this bunch.