DA wants Shaik pa­role review

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - MAYIBONGWE MAQHINA

THE DA wants the med­i­cal pa­role granted to “ter­mi­nally ill” Sch­abir Shaik, for­merly Ja­cob Zuma’s fi­nan­cial ad­viser, to be re­viewed and Shaik sent back to prison.

Shaik was con­victed of fraud and cor­rup­tion in 2005, but served only two years of his 15-year prison sen­tence when he was re­leased on med­i­cal pa­role in 2009.

Yes­ter­day, the DA’s James Selfe said he would write to Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices Min­is­ter Michael Ma­sutha to ask him to take Shaik’s pa­role to court to de­ter­mine if he should re­turn to prison to serve the re­main­der of his term.

“His pa­role con­di­tions should be al­tered in such a way that the South African pub­lic no longer have to be fed the lie that he is still ter­mi­nally ill – eight years af­ter his re­lease.”

Selfe has warned Ma­sutha of le­gal ac­tion if he did not take the mat­ter of Shaik’s pa­role to court.

“Should the min­is­ter fail or refuse to do this, the DA will con­sider its op­tions, in­clud­ing ... re­view­ing the ra­tio­nal­ity of the de­ci­sion to grant Mr Shaik med­i­cal pa­role.”

His com­ments come less than a week af­ter Ma­sutha said in a writ­ten re­ply that the con­di­tion of Shaik was still ter­mi­nal and was last re­viewed in April 2015.

The min­is­ter said his house ar­rest was re­laxed to al­low him to at­tend school func­tions for his son, work and at­tend sports once a week.

But Selfe said Shaik was still alive and well so much so that his pa­role con­di­tions al­lowed him to play one af­ter­noon of sport a week.

“He has not died ‘a con­so­la­tory and dig­ni­fied death’ eight years af­ter his re­lease and, frankly, he is so well that his pa­role con­di­tions al­low him ... to travel to other prov­inces,” he said.

He also said it was clear that he was never “in the fi­nal phase of any ter­mi­nal dis­ease or con­di­tion”.

Shaik, who is no stranger to con­tro­versy, yes­ter­day caused a stir on so­cial me­dia af­ter he was quoted in a news re­port lash­ing out at EFF leader Julius Malema for his re­ported com­ments about In­di­ans. He was quoted as ac­cus­ing Malema of play­ing racial ten­sions.

‘He does not have a ter­mi­nal dis­ease’

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