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Dept promises strict parole for Staggie

The former gang leader will be monitored with an electronic tag while out on day parole.

FILE: Former Hard Livings gang leader Rashied Staggie is seen after being released on day parole from Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town, 23 September 2013. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - The Department of Correctional Services says the electronic monitoring of offenders has helped improve South Africa's parole system.

This comes after news that former gang boss Rashied Staggie resumed day parole last week, with an electronic tag used to track his every move.

The former Hard Livings gang leader was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2003 on charges of kidnapping and rape.

Staggie surrounded by members of his gang in 1996. Picture: AFP.

Staggie had his first taste of day parole in February, but officials soon revoked it after he deviated from his conditions.

This time, his second chance comes with strict conditions, according to the department's Manelisi Wolela.

Staggie, one of 20 inmates at Pollsmoor Prison on day parole, will leave at 6am and must return by 7.30pm.

"We expect him to conform and comply with all the regulations," saysi Wolela.

"After this term, he will be eligible for full parole but this will depend on his conduct during his trial period."

Wolela says the trial period will end on 17 Decembers this year.

He says Staggie will face serious repercussions if he violates his day parole conditions again.