Pa­role of­fi­cer cleared Shaik’s lodge stay

Villa was rec­om­mended by doc­tor

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PEOPLE -

COR­RUP­TION parolee Sch­abir Shaik was given per­mis­sion by his pa­role of­fi­cer to re­cu­per­ate in the world’s top lux­ury lodge fol­low­ing his release from prison last year, the Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices said yes­ter­day.

“He did get per­mis­sion from his cor­rec­tional ser­vices of­fi­cer at that time,” said Son­wabo Mbananga, in re­sponse to a re­port in the Mail & Guardian news­pa­per that Shaik spent three nights at the Thanda Pri­vate Game Re­serve in KwaZulu-Natal in June. The news­pa­per re­ported that three sources had said Shaik stayed at the re­sort’s “royal suite” – a pri­vate villa – with his wife and a small child on June 13, 14 and 15 last year.

Exclusive use of the villa costs R47 500 a night but the re­port sug­gested it was pos­si­ble the stay had been a gift to Shaik.

Mbananga said a med­i­cal doc- tor had rec­om­mended that stay­ing at the lodge would be good for Shaik’s re­cu­per­a­tion. The depart­ment had not paid for it.

Shaik was re­leased from prison on the grounds of ter­mi­nal ill­ness in March.

Var­i­ous pub­lic “Shaik sight­ings” have up­set op­po­si­tion par­ties who be­lieve he is re­ceiv­ing po­lit­i­cal favour.

Mbananga said Shaik had ad­mit­ted to be­ing out in pub­lic twice be­yond his pa­role hours and without in­form­ing his pa­role of­fi­cer.

Mbananga said th­ese re­lated to be­ing spot­ted at a garage, and speak­ing to a jour­nal­ist.

As a “phase two” pris­oner, and not “phase one” as sug­gested by the DA, he was given a writ­ten warn­ing that should he vi­o­late his pa­role con­di­tions again, “he would be re-ac­com­mo­dated at a cor­rec­tional ser­vices fa­cil­ity”.

His go­ing-out hours have also been re­duced. Mbananga said that as long as Shaik’s pa­role offi- cer was in­formed if he in­tended ven­tur­ing out be­yond th­ese hours, and per mis­sion was granted, he would be cov­ered.

This ap­plied to all parolees, and those who felt treated un­fairly, should lodge a com­plaint. – Sapa

EX­PEN­SIVE LODGE: Thanda Pri­vate Game Re­serve is where Shaik spent three nights to re­cu­per­ate.

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