Shabir Shaik still ‘ter­mi­nally ill’ af­ter 8 years

Observer on Saturday - - News -

JO­HAN­NES­BURG - Eight years af­ter be­ing re­leased on pa­role for “health rea­sons”‚ con­victed fraud­ster Shabir Shaik is still re­garded as be­ing “ter­mi­nally ill” — de­spite his house ar­rest con­di­tions be­ing re­laxed so that he can work and at­tend sports should he wish to.

This has emerged in a re­sponse by Min­is­ter of Jus­tice and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices Michael Ma­sutha to a par­lia­men­tary ques­tion from the Demo­cratic Al­liance. Shaik was re­leased on med­i­cal pa­role on 3 March 2009 af­ter serv­ing only two years and four months of a 15-month sen­tence af­ter be­ing con­victed on two counts of cor­rup­tion and one count of fraud‚ with Judge Squires stat­ing in his 165-page ver­dict that there was “over­whelm­ing” ev­i­dence of a cor­rupt re­la­tion­ship be­tween Shaik and the Ja­cob Zuma. DA spokesman on cor­rec­tional ser­vices James Selfe said on Thurs­day the rea­son for Shaik’s re­lease on pa­role eight years ago was clearly a farce‚ say­ing he ap­peared no closer to death to­day than he did at the time.

De­spite be­ing ter­mi­nally ill‚ Selfe added that Shaik’ s house ar­rest con­di­tions had been re­laxed to ac­com­mo­date his needs.

These in­cluded:

At­tend­ing school func­tions for his son 17h00 to 19h00. Work­ing hours from 08h00 to 18h30 – Mon­day to Fri­day. At­tend­ing sports once a week from 12h00 to 19h00. Travel out­side the Prov­ince‚ on ap­pli­ca­tion for leave of ab­sence. “It is quite as­tound­ing that a ter­mi­nally ill man is able to work and at­tend sports‚ should he wish. “It is also shock­ing that the last time his pa­role was as­sessed was two years ago‚” Selfe said. “Those re­spon­si­ble for this abuse and mock­ery of the pa­role sys­tem must be tracked down and held to ac­count‚” he added.

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