100s of potential medical parolees

2012-05-16 22:54

Cape Town - Almost 300 prison inmates are potential candidates for medical parole under the new medical parole policy which came into effect on March 1, MPs heard on Wednesday.

Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula revealed this in the National Assembly during debate on her budget vote.

She said her department had, in accordance with the new policy, appointed the medical parole advisory board, chaired by Dr Victor Ramathesele.

This was an independent panel of medical doctors who considered and decided on all medical aspects in the applications for placement on parole based on medical grounds.

"Only after their input, may a parole board consider such an application and decide in terms of the broader criteria for placement," said the minister.

"It is estimated that there are potentially 298 inmates in our facilities who can be considered for medical parole under the new framework."

The pilot project for electronic monitoring (when minor offenders wear electronic bracelets, which restrict their movements to designated areas) of certain categories of inmates placed on parole, launched on February 14, had been a resounding success.

It was now time to extend electronic monitoring to other categories of offenders, including offenders still serving custodial sentences in prisons.

"It is our plan that this rollout should be finalised in this financial year."

The department would also propose to the justice, crime prevention, and security (JCPS) cluster to consider using electronic monitoring as part of alternative sentencing for minor offences.

This would ensure that only those who had committed serious offences served a custodial (prison) sentence.

  • Boer - 2012-05-16 23:00

    Briljant meer crime kan nou verwag word. Slim ANC NOTTTT.

      carpejugulim - 2012-05-17 06:29

      Selective parole of course, the people that should be allowed to go home and spend their last days with family will not be allowed to but the people who can potentially commit another crime will

  • calvyn.greyling - 2012-05-16 23:25

    I sincerely hope Clive would be allowed to go home and spend his last days with his family! WTF with coming clean - he paid his dues! There's plenty okes sleeping in parliament today that still hasn't come clean on the ANC "death" camps - whats worse? Really!!!

      calvyn.greyling - 2012-05-17 01:07

      One bullet one communist - the guy has done his time - he's dying in there - if f**kers like Mcbride can get off for their political beliefs - WTFN?

      maria.roth.589 - 2012-05-17 10:14

      Of the 28000 people killed in the run up to the first election only 8000 were killed by the Inkatha Freedom party and the Natonal forces and the balance of 20000 were killed by the ANC according to Dr Anthea Jeffries in her book "The Truth about the Truth Commission" published by the Institute of Race Relations. Have you read it?

  • Christopher - 2012-05-16 23:32

    Set them free.... Kharma will fu&& them up..

      Merven - 2012-05-17 09:52

      After they attack the innocent again.

  • WhiteNut - 2012-05-17 01:41

    This can not be true! Thousands of prisoners with Aids and who are stage 4 or terminal could easily qualify on medical grounds...this medical parole thing in SA seems to be exclusively for politicians, that's why the number is only 300. Many prisoners with terminal Aids die in prisons or government hospitals, when they are still under correctional service. These prisoners spend more time in hospitals than in jail but they never get released. Then you get relatively healthy looking individuals or politicians/businessmen qualifying for this med parole thing

      John - 2012-05-17 03:48

      There's got to be something in the water! This Selebe disease seems to be reaching epidemic proportions...quarantine the prisons already!

      Jeffrey - 2012-05-17 09:05

      What you mean Selebi, he is coming soon. he has been injected Basson chemistry to qualify

  • nofikathiniskeyi.eunice - 2012-05-17 04:58

    ukuba abazuphinda babuyele entolongweni abobandlululo mabahlale babole ingakumbi amabhulu

      Merven - 2012-05-17 10:02

      Amabhulu is 'n rassistiese woord vir wit mense, so dit is maar jou tipiese rassistiese aap. At least try to write with capitals and other reading signs idiot.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-05-17 05:43

    So when do we bury the terminally ill Shabir Shaik? Another loophole created to let Jackie Selebi out of his cage!!

      Wally Walters - 2012-05-17 08:14

      you see most of the corrupt MP are old and ill so if they are to go to jail they already got their free pass Example selebe and sheik .

      Martin - 2012-05-17 09:11

      these ous should get three months to die or back to prison with extended time for the inconvienience

      WhiteNut - 2012-05-17 12:48

      Lol good question, but I don't think that will be anytime soon. I suspect that, even though I'm younger than him nd not terminally ill yet, I could be buried before him lol! I mean the guy looks very fresh, young and healthy, of course the stolen money affords him anything, including bribing doctors/professors

  • Sidney Gilroy - 2012-05-17 07:03

    Minister, you are mistaken. Out of 190 000 prisoners in the system - you could only find 300?!? If only a third with HIV are in the terminal phase - you are already looking at 20 000 prisoners. Who is this parole then for?! They say up north that you can SMELL the ANC government's rot from corruption all the way to Kairo. You must know how far you have fallen when even Africa turns it's back on you.

      WhiteNut - 2012-05-17 13:10

      I agree, just like BEE dressed up as a redress policy, but in actual fact its a scheme for politicians to make easy money. Of course it is very marketable to the black political constituency because of obvious th politicians only take advantage. Even with this medical parole thing, they are going to use it to their benefit not genuinely for the intended purposes. The thousands of prisoners who are terminally ill will still remain in prisons

  • Jerome Lucas - 2012-05-17 07:15

    Electronic monitoring only contain the offender but the causes of the crime is not address. How will the rehabilitation element of the sentence be addressed?

  • Shagnaaz Abrahams - 2012-05-17 07:26

    agreed- so every1 can just do as dy please (petty crimes) n get away wit it, wer is da JUSTISE system!!! y r criminals being rewarded instead of punished??!!

  • wynandjsmit - 2012-05-17 07:39

    Ja, almal wat ANC stem, kan mediese parool neem. Hoekom wil hulle nou juis nuwe riglyne opstel. Dis mos toataal onnodig.

  • ian.levinson.7 - 2012-05-17 07:40

    im seeek im seeeeek, what a crock of BS

  • songezo.kilani - 2012-05-17 07:51

    If only muderes and rapist were denied medical parole by default (i.e let them rot in jail), that would make a strong statement to criminals. What a pity the is a thing called \justice\ for criminals. #Sick world.

      maria.roth.589 - 2012-05-17 10:31

      Unfortunately this is not an option in a civilized society. Prisons are supposed to keep criminals away from society and deprive them of certain civil rights such as voting but not medical care. In South Africa of course they are trying to reinvent the wheel and mostly it turns out square.

  • Allan - 2012-05-17 07:53

    I wonder how much money has changed hands with this process, you are dealing with crooks right?

      Wally Walters - 2012-05-17 08:20

      I hope this include Derby Lewis

  • Christian J Denyschen - 2012-05-17 08:19

    Lets hope Clive Berby Lewis is one of them.

      Lesiba C Mmotlana - 2012-05-17 08:32

      this remission thing,is a waste of time,until Lewis n Januz r granted too!!no fair here

      Jeffrey - 2012-05-17 09:09

      The thing is that they have never confessed their Actions. Come on guys, this two are not South Africans, how can they assasinate Chris, for what benefit. let them confess who sent them, then a parole.

      Merven - 2012-05-17 10:12

      For what benefit? To make SA a safer country. Hani was a terrorist and he tortured his own comrades in death camps. Imagine this idiot became a minister or something. Anyway, Clive Derby-Lewis didn't even killed the terrorist, he just supplied the weapon. The killer was a Polish named Janusz Walus.

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-05-17 09:15

    WTF? It seems as if the SHAIKITIS is highly contagious. How on earth are they hopping to fight crime if they get so few convictions (thanks to incompetent cops and prosecutors) and then find endless excuses to release the few that are locked up back into the streets???

  • maria.roth.589 - 2012-05-17 10:43

    A bit more clarity on the report would be appreciated. What constitutes a less serious offence. Most less serious offenders are never caught. Do they mean fraud and corruption? If so why don't they say so? Then we would know why. I can hardly see your average shoplifter being fitted with an electronic device Lol.

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