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Schabir Shaik’s ‘terminally ill’ parole under another scrutiny

Convicted Durban businessman Schabir Shaik
Controversial Durban businessman and former advisor to the President, SchabirShaik

President Jacob Zuma’s former financial adviser, Schabir Shaik’s parole comes under another spot-lite this week with Democratic Alliance (DA) pushing for it to be reviewed.

The Controversial Durban businessman and former advisor to the President was released from prison by the Department of Justice on terminal illness parole about eight years ago after he was convicted of fraud and corruption.

According to the DA, the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Michael Masutha, considers convicted Shabir Shaik, to still be terminally ill, a full eight years after he was first unlawfully released on parole for ‘health’ reasons.

The party accuses Minister Masutha of relaxing Mr Shaik’s parole conditions to accommodate his needs. Which includes:

  • 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.” said DA

“It is also shocking that the last time his parole was assessed was two years ago.

The party says reason for Mr Shaik’s release on parole 8 years ago was clearly a farce as he appears no closer to death today than he did at the time.

“Those responsible for this abuse and mockery of the parole system must be tracked down and held to account.”