Shaik’s pa­role re­mains ques­tion­able – DA

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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

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