Shaik’s parole remains questionable – DA
THE DA CONTINUED to question Schabir Shaik’s medical parole, saying a report released yesterday detailing his medical condition indicated he was not terminally ill.
“That such a recommendation could be acted upon is nothing less than a farce, given that the legislated purpose of medical parole is to allow a terminally ill prisoner to die a conciliatory death – not to help them to recover (something that terminally ill patients, by definition, cannot do),” DA spokesman James Selfe said.
This followed a report in the Mail & Guardian that psychiatrist Dr Abubaker Gangat said Shaik’s persistently high blood pressure had “potentially dire consequences for the eyes, kidneys, heart and brain” and that “organ damage to the eyes and kidneys is already present”.
Gangat noted that Shaik had severe emotional disorder combined with life-threatening physical disorders.
Shaik’s private physician Dr Salim Gaffoor said Shaik had severe resistant hypertension with end organ damage.
His blood pressure remained high and, according to Gaffoor, his blood pressure would not be controlled while in prison.
These were annexed to a report to a Dr Ngenisile Mbanjwa, who recommended that Shaik be granted parole to die a dignified death.
The DA said the correctional services minister had nothing to lose by sending Shaik’s parole for review.
“As we have said all along, if there is nothing to hide, then the minister stands to lose nothing, and stands to gain everything, by sending Shaik’s parole to the review board,” said Selfe.
The party said it was “not implausible” that Shaik was granted a political favour and that it was part of “one massive cover up for Zuma”, referring to President Jacob Zuma for whom Shaik allegedly facilitated a bribe from a French arms company. – Sapa