Schabir Shaik requests parole change

The Correctional Services Department confirmed they've received a request for a parole conversion.

FILE: Durban businessman Schabir Shaik. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The Correctional Services Department has confirmed that they've received a request from Schabir Shaik to have his medical parole converted to normal parole.

Normal parole would allow for more flexible terms.

In 2005, Shaik was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment on charges of fraud and corruption.

The Correctional Services department said that while it had received a request for a conversion of his parole, there was currently no legal framework regulating this.

Spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said authorities would now have to deliberate on the matter before making a recommendation to the Medical Parole Advisory Board.

"We will have the department then attend to the matter and respond to the board accordingly.

The department said the matter would not be forwarded to Justice Minister Michael Masutha as there was no legal provision for such action.

Since receiving medical parole in 2009, there have been several reports on Shaik's alleged contravention of his release conditions.