Shaik did not hand himself in - minister

2011-03-14 18:10

Johannesburg - The department of correctional services arrested convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik on Monday and took him to the Durban Westville Prison.

"He did not hand himself over. Correctional officers went and picked him up from his house," Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula told Eyewitness News.

The SA Policing Union (Sapu) commended the department.

"This swift action will go a long way in terms of bringing some credibility to our criminal justice system and constitutional order," Sapu secretary general Oscar Skommere said in a statement.

Shaik's release on medical parole caused a major outcry in 2009.

Skommere said: "We will not get into the debate regarding his medical parole. Our concern is mostly with regard to the fact that, like many other parolees, he was caught on the other side of the law again.

"Sapu commends Minister Mapisa-Nqakula for this. We call for a transparent process in whatever steps [are] taken regarding Schabir Shaik."

72 hours

Shaik will be held for 72 hours while the two incidents of assault allegedly involving him are investigated.

The Democratic Alliance said the party was pleased the correctional services department was taking this matter seriously.

"These two incidents indicate that Mr Shaik is incapable of staying within the parameters of his parole conditions, and clearly does not appear to be suffering from the terminal illness that was the basis for his medical parole.

"We urge the [parole] board to take decisive action against Mr Shaik if their investigation finds him in violation of his parole. Failure to do so will cast serious doubts on the credibility of the board, the parole process, and the department of correctional services," the DA said in a statement.

The Freedom Front Plus said Shaik's behaviour showed he was not terminally ill and that he must go back to jail to complete his sentence. Party spokesperson Pieter Groenewald said Shaik was an embarrassment to correctional services.

Shaik 'untouchable'

"It is high time that action is taken against Shaik... his arrogant actions show that he thinks he is above the law."

Independent Democrats secretary general Haniff Hoosen said: "Clearly this is the end of the road for a man who has conducted himself as an 'untouchable' and has managed to dupe the government into believing that he was gravely ill."

The Sunday Times reported that Shaik hit a man, Mohamed Ismail, outside a mosque in Durban on Friday. Shaik had apparently parked him in, preventing Ismail from going to see his daughter in hospital.

The police are already investigating Shaik for allegedly choking and slapping a Sunday Tribune reporter on a golf course about two weeks ago.

In 2005 Shaik was convicted of fraud and corruption and sent to jail for 15 years. Jacob Zuma at the time was axed as deputy president following Shaik's conviction. Shaik was Zuma's financial adviser.

Shaik served only two years and four months of his 15-year term. He was released on medical parole shortly before Zuma became president.

  • Jayjay001 - 2011-03-14 18:22

    Schabir Shaik for President of South Africa!! Viva ANC Viva!!

      Blougroen - 2011-03-14 18:58

      Test Shaik again - please test him immediately so that he doesnt get chance to beat the medical examination again - and use other doctors - this way the system can prolong his life so that he can become president so that JAYJAY001 can get what he deserves.

      Chris Swanson - 2011-03-14 18:59

      You're an A-hole!! The man is convicted fraudster, but then are most of your Government, and guys like you not only support them, but also ADMIRE them. Why?...because they have got away with being crooks, and that is what YOU want to do. Go and get a job Jayjay001. You're an embarrassment to this Country!

      Carmaine Harrison - 2011-03-14 19:35

      U've been trolled Chris!

      frangelico - 2011-03-14 20:37

      The ANC & their cronies are "Merda" ask Trevor to transelate "Skata" ask any Greek to transelate, Cr-p,Sh-t,Poo,Dung & everthing that is reviled ask any lawabiding citizen in this country to transelate if your brain can't tell you what they mean. As for Schabir,why would he do the honourable thing and hand himself over he is a dishonourable man.Hope he Shaiks his booty for at least the next 3days.

  • thinker - 2011-03-14 18:39

    Did he push the envelope to far this time???

      Lawence - 2011-03-14 19:13

      I think so. Nice to know that there is a limit

      Charlie - 2011-03-14 20:09

      or maybe the envelope wasn't full enough?

  • Greg - 2011-03-14 18:54

    Where are those doctors that signed off his "terminal ill" forms. The medical board should scrap them - they are unqualified to be doctors

      Carmaine Harrison - 2011-03-14 19:34

      They may have done it under extreme pressure, Greg. Thats how these things work.

      Bill - 2011-03-14 22:11

      Well said Greg!.... Nail the son of bitches for complicity in falsify medical findings! However hard to prove, they can just say that miraculously he went into remission!

  • Garden_Route - 2011-03-14 18:55

    President Shower head is currently on the phone with Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. Shaik will make his Friday tee-off time.

      Francois - 2011-03-14 21:00

      And Nosiviwe might be pregnant by Friday as well?

      Heks - 2011-03-14 21:24

      Gizzy. Is it my president you are calling peanut head?? DEo you really think his head looks like a peanut?

  • Firebird - 2011-03-14 18:58

    Who cares if he handed himself over or was arrested. The fact that he is back behind bars is the point.

      Podgette - 2011-03-14 19:33

      It goes towards proving what a yellow belly coward he is. Big mouth until time to face the music!

  • oxygen - 2011-03-14 19:16

    Scapegoat for 3 days?

  • james strawson - 2011-03-14 19:19

    He will be out soon, our corrupt government survive on traffic fines and contracts handed to their families who are producing below average quality to what ever they lay their paws on.... WAKA WAKA THIS IS AFRIKA......

  • Bok - 2011-03-14 19:23

    Watch what you say about shaik he is the replacement for Zuma the country needs criminal leaders not agressive leaders so forget about MALEMA he is out as last years salaries

  • Madelane - 2011-03-14 19:25

    Pre-election spin doctoring by the ANC!!!

      Nkunzi - 2011-03-14 22:50

      Yes, along with Dlamini-Zuma on TV - holding a sick little baby; huge luckypackets for potholes, schools and hospitals; Manyi and Manuel's tiff and all the electioneering spin that's in full swing at the mo. I suppose a truckload of free chickens, another of t-shirts and lots of free beer, and VOILA! - another term of office in the bag? - like a few million lemmings straight over the edge of the cliff! Things will be normal again right after the elections, and Shady Shaik will be free once more.....

  • di - 2011-03-14 19:33

    ooooh! there must be an election coming up ... otherwise why'd they take so long to put him behind bars again.

  • Peter - 2011-03-14 19:47

    Compare his present "condition" against the "condition" he was paroled under !! Use different Doctors/Specialists. If found that a "miraculous" recovery has taken place put the Doctors/Specialists that got him his parole, in jail with him.Keep them in jail as they have obviously duped everybody. Let's end this laughable situation and let the true law take it's course.

  • Sword&Cross - 2011-03-14 20:15

    Start thinking "Qualified Franchise in Racist South Africa" for true Justice & Peace to arrive.

  • Heks - 2011-03-14 21:21

    Hope he is sharing a cell with 10 big big buddies!!

  • Perfume - 2011-03-14 21:41

    Is wondering how Shady is feeling right now, first he was Zulufox's favourite, and just when he thought things are looking good for him, the Guptas outplay did not keep your eyes on the ball Shady lol...

  • Dog!! - 2011-03-14 22:00

    This is only a smokescreen. Remember we are up for elections!! He will be out soon did a prank on the public for some more attention. On the contrary his is gravely ill!!He is nothing but a celebrity prisoner/financier/politician and he enjoys the attention thoroughly.

      Bill - 2011-03-14 22:15

      Well, he has to be the healthiest looking gravely ill person I have ever seen!

  • Kidesh - 2011-03-15 12:33

    ok...wonder if he goes around the board once more..mmmm will he get a get out of jail card again :)

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