DA wants Shaik parole review
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’