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Rashied Staggie granted full parole

Correctional Services says the former gang boss will have to stick to stiff parole conditions.

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 Correctional Services Department says former gang boss Rashied Staggie will have to stick to stiff parole conditions.

Staggie has been released on full parole after serving more than a decade behind bars.

The department's spokesperson Manelisi Wolela says Staggie has completed his day parole.

He had to keep to strict conditions, which included finding a job, but returning to his cell in the evenings.

Wolela adds that while he is now being granted full parole, he will still have to adhere to stringent conditions.

"Because he is regarded as high risk he is going to continue being placed on electronic monitoring so that he doesn't go to areas and interface with people that he is prohibited in terms of the conditions."

Staggie's day parole was revoked for a short period last year after he violated the conditions imposed on him by allegedly making unauthorised visits.

But if the ex-gang boss adheres to the conditions he will be a free man by 2017.