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Cape Town - Offenders who met the parole criteria would have their placement approved irrespective of whether or not they had money, the justice ministry has said.

The ministry was responding to a written question in Parliament on Tuesday.

EFF leader Julius Malema questioned how the minister intended addressing weaknesses in the prisoner parole system.

“[Weaknesses] that allows persons with money and connections, such as certain persons [President Jacob Zuma's former financial adviser Schabir Shaik, former ANC chief whip Tony Yengeni and Paralympian Oscar Pistorius], to get out of jail without serving their full sentences, while persons who are not well-known spend almost the entirety of their sentences behind bars,” Malema asked.

In his reply, Minister Michael Masutha told the EFF leader all offenders had a right to be considered for placement on completing the required minimum detention period, irrespective of their social standing.

“There are a number of other offenders who have been placed under correctional supervision after serving one-sixth of their sentences who have not received media attention.”

Masutha said parole, medical parole or correctional supervision did not remit the sentence meted out by a court.

Shaik was released on medical parole in 2009 after serving two years and four months in jail of his 15-year sentence for corruption and fraud.

Yengeni was set free in 2007 having served just more than four months of his four-year sentence for fraud.

Pistorius was last year sentenced to five years in jail for shooting dead girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013.

He was released into correctional supervision after serving out one-sixth, or 10 months, of his sentence.  

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