Motlanthe to consider investigating Shaik's parole

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Johannesburg - President Kgalema Motlanthe has said he would consider launching a probe into the medical parole granted to Schabir Shaik if he was officially requested to do so.

President Motlanthe was replying to a question on the matter during a visit to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

"No such submission has been received, but it would be considered if made," he said.

Mr Shaik, who was convicted of fraud, was released on medical parole last week. He was serving 28 months of a 15-year jail term for fraud and corruption.

Last Thursday, Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Enver Surty said that any member of the public who had evidence that the grounds on which Mr Shaik was granted medical parole was tainted, should make a representation to the minister of correctional services.

Mr Shaik was released in terms of the Correctional Services Act which states that a prisoner can be released on medical parole only if he or she is diagnosed as "being in the final phase of any terminal disease or condition".

Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour also issued a statement last week saying that Mr Shaik had satisfied the legal requirements to be released as a medical parolee due to a terminal condition.

He further confirmed that the medical parole decision would not be referred to the Parole Review Board as evidence on Mr Shaik's health was given to the parole board by three medical practitioners and his condition was irreversible.