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'Staggie needs formal job offer'

Rashied Staggie's parole was cut short because he hadn't received a job offer in writing.

Former Hard Livings gang boss Rashied Staggie. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Department of Correctional Services say former Hard Livings gang boss Rashied Staggie's day parole hasn't been revoked.

After serving a decade behind bars, Staggie was released yesterday on strict parole conditions.

But his parole was cut short after just a few hours because he hadn't received a formal job offer in writing, only a verbal offer of employment.

Former bank robber Gayton McKenzie has reportedly offered Staggie a job and has pledged to help get him on the straight and narrow.

Under his parole conditions, the 57-year-old former gang leader must be employed and wear an electronic tracking device to monitor his movements.

The Correctional Services Department's James Smalberger said Staggie needs to receive a job offer in writing.

"We don't allow people on day parole just to go and walk around the streets. So in other words, there must be a purpose."

Smalberger said correctional services will react and respond as and when there's a firm job offer.

"Up until the time he has a job offer, he will remain inside the day parole centre which is also a correctional centre."

Should Staggie receive a formal job offer, he will be allowed to move around freely during the day and will have to return to Pollsmoor Prison at 6pm where he will sleep over.

Staggie was convicted on a charge of rape in 2003 and sentenced to 15 years in jail.

In 2004, he was also convicted of robbing a police armoury and was sentenced to 13 years behind bars.