Opposition pleased with Shaik's arrest

2011-03-14 16:22

Cape Town - Opposition political parties on Monday welcomed the arrest of convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik.

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.

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

End of the road

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."

Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula told Eyewitness News earlier in the day that correctional officers picked Shaik up from his house. Shaik, whose release from prison on medical parole caused a major outcry in 2009, was taken to the Durban Westville Prison.

"Mr Schabir Shaik has been booked in at the Westville Correctional facility. We took a decision last night," the minister said.

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

The Sunday Times reported Shaik hit a man, Mohamed Ismail, outside a mosque in Durban on Friday.

He had apparently parked in the man, who was trying to get to 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. The current president, 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.

  • mike881 - 2011-03-14 16:27

    Hahaha does this mean that Shaik has fallen out of favour of Zuma, and that he has been replaced by the Ghuptas. - 2011-03-14 16:49

      One Man... One Terminal Illness, Will he survive the next night in prison? .. No one knows. Tune in on Tuesday to see the next episode of ... Shaik Down, Live from Durban Westville Prison. PG13.

      Dionlaw - 2011-03-14 17:33

      Let see how fast Zuma arranges the release of his financial adviser. With a president who does not want to face or respect the law, certainly his financial adviser will not either

      Rolie - 2011-03-14 18:13

      Say helloooo to Mommy, Shaik!!!!!

      Mauritz Swanepoel - 2011-03-14 18:20

      @Nedomah - hahahahahha

      wattalotokak - 2011-03-14 18:36

      no it does not mean that he has fallen out of favour! Please don't be so blind to see another anc propaganda. Just like Trevor Manuel! It looks like anc are the good guys again - righting the wrong they have caused in the first place...! Please man the guy will get paid a big fat cheque for his pre-election propaganda...! You will see him back on the golf course after the elections... He has a terminal case of golfing...!

      Sword&Cross - 2011-03-15 21:05

      No, IT SIMPLY MEANS THAT MONDAY 21st MARCH is Now called "SLAP A SHAIK DAY". Hard too! - 2011-03-17 09:15

      We regret to inform you that the program has been canceled due to corruption. Please forward all your complaints to

  • Dougalan - 2011-03-14 16:30

    The ANC are just trying to look good before the elections - it's pure damage control. They are paranoid about losing their power, cushy jobs and access to massive fraudulent tenders. Let's see what happens to Shaik after the elections are over. Will he be 'even more terminally ill' and thus have to be released? Let us see...

      Makutu - 2011-03-14 16:37

      Thanks... Good point there!

      Charles Small - 2011-03-14 16:44

      How do you get more than terminally? That would be dead isn't it?

      sonnyg - 2011-03-14 16:51

      Yip I agree. He wont go back to jail, they will probaly give him a slap on the bum.

      Robnob - 2011-03-14 17:02

      Hopefully a very tender bum after a few nights in Westville Prison...

      Logs01 - 2011-03-14 17:04

      I totally AGREE @Dougalan !! To add, and if the ANC MUST, they will even "sacrifice" Shaik in order to hold on to votes. They are loosing them faster than gaining and the 'tentions" are running high within the ANC. See the "open letters" these days, just imagine what is happening behind the "scenes". Cadre's are NERVOUS and infighting the order of the day.

      Cynical Sci - 2011-03-14 17:40

      @Robnob: What are you saying? Are you actually enthusiastically condoning rape?

      Robnob - 2011-03-14 17:50

      Most certainly not! For a piece of sh1t like Shaik to get away virtually scott free after being convicted of a crime he deserves a lot more. He deserves what comes his way, unfortunately he wont though because he has the money (from government tenders and connections) to buy his way out of it. Let the waste of flesh be exposed to what every other normal person, who is convicted of a crime, is exposed to. May he rot in Westville Prison and become another statistic to South African prison violence.

  • willieman - 2011-03-14 16:31

    The parole board is controlled by Blade Nzimande and SACP,Shaik will be out in no time.Rule of law is the key to the success of this country

  • DW - 2011-03-14 16:33

    The question now is, if his parole is withdrawn will he still be able to get out in a few years? Surely, seeing that he has not stayed within his parole conditions this time, he will not be eligible next time? So he should now sit for his full 15 years. Or am I being too optimistic?

      Makutu - 2011-03-14 16:37

      Remember that your vote is also what they need. It's that time again, anything to keep people happy. Let's see if he's stay in jail even after elections. That's an interesting note.

      amdisgusted - 2011-03-14 16:43

      IF he is terminally ill, he should be alive in 15 years time!

  • Trevor - 2011-03-14 16:35

    Arrogance...but then again, show me an ANC "Elite member" who is not....wonder how far Zuma will go for Shaik or will Mo Shaik dig up dirt on the accusers and then silence them......Nice to be Head of National Intelligence....

  • Makutu - 2011-03-14 16:36

    A very good strategy to get VOTES!!! be careful of these ANC idiots... Be very careful.

  • Nice Guy - 2011-03-14 16:42

    IF SHABIR SHAIK WAS BLACK NO ONE WOULD CRITICIZE HIM. ITS JUST WRONG!!!!! Oh well i suppose Mahatma Gandhi had the same level of criticism when he was alive. Wait till he dies then he will be a saviour

      Makutu - 2011-03-14 16:43

      You are talking out of your ASSS!

      shortcut - 2011-03-14 16:53

      nonsense. it is not "blacks" that are treated favourably, its ACN cadres.

      MadMatt_88 - 2011-03-14 17:03

      Ha ha ha! Are you comparing Shaik to Gandhi? Ha ha what a bollock-head!

      rugdusty - 2011-03-14 17:16

      don't be ridiculous ... He is a CONVICTED FRAUDSTER... the colour of his skin has no bearing on this . He is scum and deserves any harsh punishment , if any , that he receives . Mentioning him in the same sentence as Gandhi is an insult to Gandhi and all the good he did for humanity.

      Jasber - 2011-03-14 17:25

      You have been smoking the wrong stuff

  • saliem - 2011-03-14 16:43

    What arrogance. Shabby is innocent until proven guilty... how can they arrest someone after the fact when common law assault cases are dealt with via a slap on the wrist and (at most) admission of guilt fines these days. He must be released without delay :P

      Irie Fairie - 2011-03-14 16:53

      He is on PAROLE.Do you know what that means or do i have to spell it out?

      AnneB - 2011-03-14 17:02

      Saliem - you're missing the point. Common assault cases on their own mostly result in a slap on the wrist. However, there are certain conditions that go with being released on parole and it is breaking parole conditions for which he has been arrested. Yes, there has to be a hearing in the two cases and witnesses called. If found guilty, then it's back to jail for him - well that is what our law states.

      Steve - 2011-03-14 17:03

      Are you his cousin? Violating parole conditions do not use the same set of rules. He was found guilty but allowed out on parole due to his "illness". Maybe Durban sun has fried your brains. Assault, violence, any form of aggression is a violation of anyones parole. conditions. In fact a traffic offence can be considered a violation. Maybe you don't understand the difference. Unfortunately they are only holding him for 72 hours. Long enough for JZ to make a phone call. Your shabby is exactly that. He is a disgrace to the homosapien. His arrogance is that of a rabies infected rotwieler. He showed that to the world when he was on trial, he was involved with a reporter then too. He should rot in jail.

      Derek - 2011-03-14 17:05

      Saliem sa la biem! Part of being released under parole means that you must be a nice boy and behave yourself. Actually I see your point! The man is gravely ill and therefore it would be silly of us all to believe that he could actually asault anyone.

      saliem - 2011-03-14 17:13

      Relax bois and girls it's a joke :P... didn't you notice the :P I was merely repeating the worn out line that has been used by this government to protect criminals in its structures. Besides, Shabby is far more fun outside than he is behind bars... who wants to read about his trips in and out of private hospitals when he is incarcerated. Methinks the giant who he "assaulted" outside mosque will not press charges and correctional services will say the the journo who he b1tch slapped incited him, causing him to act in self defence... eish :P

      Jasber - 2011-03-14 17:23

      Saliem -what have you been smoking - you crazy boykie

  • Ben - 2011-03-14 16:47

    Oh boohoo. In n week he'll be "sick" again and our spineless judicial system will let him go again.

  • sonofagun - 2011-03-14 16:48

    As Shabby has now proven himself to not be terminally ill, what about the doctors who diagnosed his condition? Should they not be prosecuted for fraud?...or are they now living comfortably on private islands purchased with bribe money from Shabir and his comrades in crime. If this is the case, us tax payer have financed their escape from justice!

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-03-14 16:50

    You counter revolutionary agents, the poor man is gravely ill...Folk, this JUST LIKE Paul Ngobeni's "suspension" is SMOKE and MIRRORS...Next we will hear that Jimmy Manyi is being disciplined...and thet Juju has been disposed as ANCYL leader....Or some other "ANC DODGY" will be given the axe VERY publically....WAKE UP PEOPLE.....this is politicking at it's evil best. And HOW FUNNY all of these "decisive steps against comrades" are taking place after the ANC Executive meeting last week? Call it what you want - I call it CAMPAIGNING....

      shortcut - 2011-03-14 16:56

      you are probably correct, but at least it's some good news for a day or two :) BTW, while they're at it, they should book Robert McBride and Nkola Motata as well.

  • Andy49 - 2011-03-14 17:04

    It looks more like poor old terminally ill ShitBagShabby is being booked into a hotel according to this statement. And what would you like for dinner tonight Mr Shaik? "Mr Schabir Shaik has been booked in at the Westville Correctional facility. We took a decision last night,the minister said."

  • Mario - 2011-03-14 17:09

    He'll be out soon enough. Medical Parole

  • Jasber - 2011-03-14 17:17

    I have heard that Shaik has taken up boxing and has started a vigorous boxing programme by punching women and old men - what a boykie!!

  • Daan - 2011-03-14 17:44

    Just like the minister said: "Mr Chabir Shaik has been BOOKED IN to the Westville prison" Booked into the Penthouse Suite?

  • ebdg3000 - 2011-03-14 17:44

    Good, now reopen the 783 odd cases of corruption and fraud against Zuma and lock him up too ...

  • onetickie - 2011-03-14 17:48

    He will be out immediately after the election!

  • JerusalemJet - 2011-03-14 17:53

    Interesting conundrum - Shaik brothers have JZ783 in their pockets - I reckon they ought to be worried - JGZ783 is the CIA's frontman in Egypt and Tripoli - so far JZ is towing the CIA line - thus if Shaik brothers were to spill beans on JGZ , it would backfire on the US . This is tantamount to the Shaiks holding the Americans to ransom - which normally gives rise to foodstuffs which cause uncontrollable choking . I'd be worried if I was Shaik .

  • Monica - 2011-03-14 18:18

    Make room for your friends!!

  • OuWitBooi - 2011-03-14 18:32

    Shabir Shaik behaved as though he was untouchable because he was untouchable. He (in fact the whole Shaik family) is very much part of the inner Zuma circle. He has violated his parole conditions before, but nothing was done on those occasions. Something is different now. The obvious difference is the impending election, but I think it may be more than that. I suspect the anti-Zuma camp is in the ascendancy. JZ's star is waning and he no longer has the power to simply order Correctional Services to have a "hands off" policy on Shaik. His leadership has been abysmal, even by ANC standards. After the dramatic reversal of the 18 May election he will be recalled. What goes around comes around. Bye-bye JZ

  • reliverevilo - 2011-03-15 08:21

    he will be released with a warning and 3 months "tight" parole conditions, afterwhich all will return to so called normal

  • reliverevilo - 2011-03-15 08:23

    he will be released with a warning and 3 months "tight" parole conditions, afterwhich all will return to so called normal

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