Zuma remission move 'a bid to free Shaik'

2012-04-30 07:27

Johannesburg - The Azanian People's Organisation (Azapo) believed the special remission of sentences announced by President Jacob Zuma was a tactic to free his former financial adviser Schabir Shaik, according to a report on Monday.

"We believe the blanket remission is only being used as a diversion, as Zuma seeks to reprieve Shaik, a person whom he sacrificed so that he could be a president," The Citizen quoted Azapo spokesperson Funani ka Ntontela saying.

The Sowetan newspaper quoted the organisation as saying it was unfair to offer the remission to criminals, but not political prisoners aligned to it.

"We accept the fact that measures should be found on reducing overcrowding in the country's prisons. However, we don't think the blanket remission of sentence should be one of those measures," it told the publication.

"Azapo... are still calling for the release of political prisoners. These are comrades who fought for freedom and were found guilty by the National Party," said Ka Ntontela.

"Yet the ANC has not seen a need for these freedom fighters to be released in order to enjoy this freedom that many of us enjoy."

Zuma made the announcement at a Freedom Day celebration.

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

  • Lyndatjie - 2012-04-30 07:32

    Ahhhh.... he needs a security blanket for when things go bad for him at the ANC Conference...

      RALEBESE - 2012-04-30 07:58

      Zuma thinks that S.A is his own Spaza shop were he could do as he please,why dont they let those criminals serve their time and free Political Prisoners,This thing of Zuma and Shaik is going 2 far,He must step down as a President of the country please

      Smell - 2012-04-30 08:09

      I have not infrequently defended Mr. Zuma on these blogs - I like to give credit where credit is due. However, I am absolutely disgusted with this outrageous remission of sentences. Mr. Zuma is essentially making South-African citizens pay a terrible price with this ill disguised ruse to free Shaik and Selebi. Us ordinary citizens are not protected by bodyguards. Does South-Africa really deserve to be limited to the choice between crass corruption Zuma style and crass corruption Malema style? This is perhaps only one example of gross mismanagement, but it is a very telling one. In my opinion this is a harbinger that South-Africa is now seriously adrift. It will be up to the well-educated Africans to steer this big boat away from the rocks, but they have to step up to the plate at the level of National leadership and Youth leadership. Evidently have not done so yet, so can we count on them to do that? I am worried for the future of all South-Africans, Black and White.

      Frederik - 2012-04-30 08:17

      Its not like we have a problem with crime in this country......

      Philemon - 2012-04-30 08:28

      Another way to deal with overcrowding in prisons is to bring back the death penalty.

      Lyndatjie - 2012-04-30 08:42

      @Philemon - GIVE THAT MAN A BELLS!

  • Sharmay - 2012-04-30 07:42

    @sbudesh1 - yes. yes and more yes. All of Zuma's moves should be questioned. His choices are not in the interest of our country but in his own.

      Amanda - 2012-04-30 13:12

      Absolutely all his decisions are suspect,just look at the criminal and corrupt he has appointed in top jobs. Very well thought out plan this time, but unfortunately not all of us eat bananas

      Jannie - 2012-04-30 17:42

      Guess WHO is going to get the tender to replace the green ID-dokument with a chip-card ID? – Lekker Shabir – your good friend Zoomer is waiting for his kick-back

  • gerry.klos - 2012-04-30 07:43

    We are now a truly African Banana Republic. Well done Comrade Zuma!

  • Mandla - 2012-04-30 07:46

    How can Zuma think for the victims of whom crime was committed against while he himself he is a criminal.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-04-30 07:47

    I thought ths remission was done before Zuma became president, now how can it be special nw that Shaik qualifies for it as well? I thnk Azapo is out of line on ths one, why they never criticise it in 2005 nd prior that, have they thought about that. Oh ja they weren't existing back theng, just a seat nd a half in parliament.

      Mosale - 2012-04-30 07:54

      Don't comment on things u know nothing about! Or best read articles carefully be4 u embarass urself!

      Jacqui - 2012-04-30 11:47

      You don't know what you are talking about.

  • Whispers4life - 2012-04-30 07:49

    we knew this was going to happen some or other time, seriously not a shock to the system, ive become quite numb to the fact that our current government is all for itself... Its time the DA steps in and saves us all...

      nasheenar - 2012-04-30 07:59

      Agree Whispers4life. Our current government knows no end to its corruption. Bleed the tax payer dry. We pay for everything!!!! its become the South African way!

      dmvilane - 2012-04-30 08:08

      Big ups JZ...if he had released those whites who killed Chris Hani there would be no noise ....just admit you guys still can't accept that times have changed

      Bob - 2012-04-30 08:13

      dmvilane, we are all very aware that times have changed, from the excitment and expectations for the people of this country under the guidance of the great Mandela, to the corrupt, crime ridden mess that we are in now, oh yes times have changed ok.

      Rodney - 2012-04-30 09:04

      dmvilane I believe That the cANCer is behind the killing of Chris Hani, as the Communistic Party under HANI was very strong and a threat to the ANC. Therefore he was assassinated, and our comrade is also still looking for a way to release Derby & Lewis without stiring the followers of his party, but in time we will see this done . Somehow they will all get a big fat pension, look at the dying Shaik He is bankrupt has no money but He still drives around in a big BMW, smoking cigars and playing Golf

      Jacqui - 2012-04-30 11:50

      dmvilane, so releasing crooks that are not white is o.k. with you? Spew your racism somewhere else.

  • Zolisa - 2012-04-30 08:01

    I agree with Azapo.All political leaders should be released.It is a disgrace that we are still talking about this issue after 18 years.Its a shame!

      stuart.steedman - 2012-04-30 08:40

      Shaik was never a political leader.

      Xavier7034 - 2012-04-30 08:57

      Shaik IS a "political leader" - he has led Zuma by the nose for years, dancing to his own agenda.

  • Zolisa - 2012-04-30 08:03

    I agree with Azapo.All political leaders should be released.It is a disgrace that we are still talking about this issue while we are celebrating 18 years of freedom .Its a shame!

      Sandra Rennie - 2013-10-15 22:41

      Zolisa I agree with you on your point. Maybe Zuma is afraid of AZAPO and what they might end up doing to the ANC !

  • Lazarus - 2012-04-30 08:05

    I said Zuma should never be left to decide alone.We know his limitations.The man has no clue about what being a state president means.He is behaving like a Foreman.

      Shades - 2012-04-30 08:14

      he nimself is a thief. And he thinks everythings a bllody joke. Zuma and malema. Very poor leaders and both idiots yet strangely can command a huge following, wierd

      Koos - 2012-04-30 08:18

      Just look what happened to Irvin Khoza's daughter when Zuma was around.

  • Tsietsi - 2012-04-30 08:09

    I fully agree with Azapo that this is just a tactic to actually free Shaik who is left with nine years of his sentence. And, to a certain extent, to free Selebi as well.

  • Carry - 2012-04-30 08:12


      colin.steyn.5 - 2012-04-30 18:10

      Isn't it sad to talk like this of a country's president ? But it is even more sad that it seems to be so true. What a disgrace has this man been to South Africa ? Most people in the world can see it except his blind followers

  • Gieljam - 2012-04-30 08:15

    Wow more than one thinking the same?I rest their case...

  • dmvilane - 2012-04-30 08:16

    Big ups JZ...if he had released those whites who killed Chris Hani there would be no noise ....just admit you guys still can't accept that times have changed...this remission will also be given to white criminals which is something the black majority wouldn't be given during your hey days (apartheid)..let's build the country

      William - 2012-04-30 08:25

      @dmvilane: Did you read the article? Or did your " Cry Racist" reflex just kick in?

      Tony Lapson - 2012-04-30 08:38

      Clearly just racist.

      Shades - 2012-04-30 08:44

      i see your name's dimvillain

      Xavier7034 - 2012-04-30 09:01

      That is why Pirates have lost FOUR times in a row @dmvilane......times certainly have changed - they don't know how to win anymore.

      George Krillen - 2012-04-30 09:02

      r u kidding me? u racist moron u r the one tht cnt move on and build the nation, yarre jy maak naar, masipa

      Rodney - 2012-04-30 09:07

      avatar Rodney - Just posted Report comment dmvilane I believe That the cANCer is behind the killing of Chris Hani, as the Communistic Party under HANI was very strong and a threat to the ANC. Therefore he was assassinated, and our comrade is also still looking for a way to release Derby & Lewis without stiring the followers of his party, but in time we will see this done . Somehow they will all get a big fat pension, look at the dying Shaik He is bankrupt has no money but He still drives around in a big BMW, smoking cigars and playing Golf

      Nicolai - 2012-04-30 09:17

      I dnt like Zuma at all ,there's nothing up about him `listen to Malema ,he was Zumas puppet for a long time and now they suspending him for telling the truth`actually He is untouctable they can suspend him but he won`t go down if he go`s down he will sure as hell take Zuma down with him .and that my dear is a fact.

  • Phil - 2012-04-30 08:25

    It has always been obvious that Zuma would, one day, release his friend Shabier Shaik. There is far too much "history" between the two of them for this not to happen. Shaik's time in prison to date has been a farce , what with golf, shopping outings and preferential treatment, it was only a matter of time before he was "given the key".

      balan.morgen - 2012-05-01 15:12

      Zuma is a suthlabash

  • Master - 2012-04-30 08:28

    Schabir Shaik to be freed.The man waddles down Florida road sits in the restaurants eating crayfish and prawns drinks R50 a tot whiskey lives in a 5 million rand house drives a million rand car. Plays golf smokes cigars from Cuba if this is being imprisoned please send me to Jail

      Kelvyn - 2012-04-30 09:03

      All this with a debilitating heart condition, who is bull S ing who here? he is free as a bird, so will Selebi be soon, and lets not forget Mpisani will never spend a night in jail, etc etc etc

      Gregory - 2012-04-30 09:14

      Beats up people on the golf course and outside the mosque.\r\nLaughing in the face of law abiding citizens. While Zuma sits in his fancy suit giggling.

  • Henry - 2012-04-30 08:28

    We have remember that, a friend in need is a friend indeed. It's not uncommon that the state president remembers his friend in trouble, I also would. I still say that, the saying that, 'no one's above the law' sometimes doesn't work. The president and his administration, are above the law. Congratulations to Shabir Shaik And Jackie Selebi (they'll benefit from this)

  • Zolisa - 2012-04-30 08:30

    I agree with Azapo.All political prisoners should be released.It is a disgrace that we are stil talking about this issue.All countries of the world release their political prisoners after the struggle for freedom

      Sepaka C-Parker Mo'Africa Ngwane - 2012-04-30 08:54

      I always believed that all political prisoners were released after 1994, but clearly our government care less about them.

      Kelvyn - 2012-04-30 09:08

      Its very odd how the "black", or "native " South African always pulls political prisoner, race joker out of the deck, Shabbi is not and never was part of the struggle, he defrauded the people of SA by the tunes of Millions, he is a fraudster, thats why he was sent to jail, by the ANC lead government, lest remember we are a free democracy since 1994, get of your whining political excuse train, there are no excuses for corruption, the only people who accept or tolerate are criminals or ignorant, where do you place yourself ?

  • Shades - 2012-04-30 08:36

    zuma, malema and the ANC are a circus and do as they please. Tneir voters are responsble for this mess. Quote Desmpnd Tutu 'I will not vote until the ANC comes right''. We are now witnessing how other African countries imploded. We are voting this country into the mess its in

  • Peter - 2012-04-30 09:04

    Why not give some people that have worked hard to uplift people or the country recognition rather than letting criminals out when ever there is some political, so called ceilbration

  • elkita.robbertse - 2012-04-30 09:24

    dmvilane you are the big ape that wants to take on the lions.You will go down with an anc card in your pocket forsure.Goodluck....

  • Ina - 2012-04-30 09:51

    For once, I agree with AZAPO, those were my first thoughts exactly, when I heard that Shaik and Selebe was to be included in the 'special remissions'!

  • Lloyd - 2012-04-30 10:17

    it just keeps getting better...

  • Marion - 2012-04-30 10:20

    Remission of sentence is not the same as a presidential pardon.

  • Dan - 2012-04-30 10:25

    I don't think there is any doubt about. Not one of them can be trusted; all have skeletons in their closets!

  • Izak - 2012-04-30 10:26

    If I remember anything from reading Herman Charles Bosman's book Cold Stone Jug, its that the previous government also did this sort of thing from time to time.

      colin.steyn.5 - 2012-04-30 18:43

      Any government does that from time to time. Yes it'e true, but that is no excuse for doing it even once, let alone for doing it all the time.

  • Dan - 2012-04-30 10:30

    This country can be very prosperous if prisoners were made to work for their food and privileges. From what I have noticed, prisoners have more rights and luxuries than law-abiding citizens. Why not have vegetable farms around prisons that these prisoners can work on? In this way they don't become a burden on society.

  • sesom - 2012-04-30 10:37

    Now he is nolonger on DEATH LIST..He can play golf with no worries of dying..

  • Nhlanhla - 2012-04-30 10:48

    It is good that Azapo has noticed that as i value it for good political thinking and organisation.Watch out even Montlhante wants to be investigated by Thuli Madonsela in order use to use his lover Gugu Mtshali as a scapegoat in hia allegedly involvement in ....

  • ajjordaan - 2012-04-30 11:40

    What else SUCKERS!

  • Jacqui - 2012-04-30 11:46

    Zuma is like an oil slick, it grows and grows and destroys everything in it's path. Cleaning it up is dirty work and we will find out how dirty in time to come.

  • Kenny - 2012-04-30 12:47

    Can somebody please arrest shabir's doctor too, he is probably the worst of them all!!

  • Keith - 2012-04-30 13:44

    It's about time schabir shaik get acquitted because his partner in crime (Jacob Zuma)has long been dodgy acquitted from any wrong doings and he's now the president of our country, what has been done on the left side must also be done on the right side, on this one I support schabir shaik 100% to get his freedom.

  • Rob - 2012-04-30 13:48

    For as long as a prison sentence is not so unpleasant so as to be a deterrent (whatever that takes) prisons will always be in short supply and overcrowded. The correctional approach certainly has value, but should be applied only to those rare cases when a person shows a real possiblity of being 'corrected'. To apply a correctional approach to every prisoner misses the point entirely, that point being deterrence (including punishment).

  • Zolisa - 2012-04-30 15:37

    I agree with Azapo.The aim is to release his friend.This is how things are done in this country.State resources are used to settle political scores and to thank those who supported a leader during his campaign for elections.

  • Rob - 2012-04-30 16:51

    Free SHAIK from what? He is free already... Playing golf, shopping as and when he wants, getting involved in 'punch ups'? The man is more free now and has been since his release with a 'terminal illness', than many millions of 'shackled' South Africans who have nothing... No running water, ablution facilities, electricity, roads etc... Worry about them first Mr PRESIDENT before worrying about convicted criminals...

  • Serame - 2012-04-30 19:22


  • Konanani - 2012-04-30 21:43

    When r the nxt elections?

  • Rick - 2012-04-30 23:02

    I did it because I can ....... Absolutely Hehehehehe.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-05-01 02:28

    If ever the president wanted to free Shaik he could've made a pardon 4 hm, why nt. Nw why cn't u people accpt tht SHAIK qualifies, nthng more than that nd he's nt the only prisoner that qualifies nd nw AZAPO speculates nd yes because they can.

  • Eugene Walters - 2012-05-01 08:37

    Tell it to the world so that they can see how this corrupt gov protects their corrupt criminals buddies

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