Shaik's parole conversion request 'uncommon'

Schabir Shaik has applied for his medical parole to be converted into normal parole.

FILE: The correctional Services says Shaik’s application is still subject to discussion. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The Correctional Services Department says it has yet to consider a request from convicted fraudster, Schabir Shaik, for normal parole as it's uncommon.

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.

Shaik was release in 2009 after serving less than three years of his 15-year jail sentence for fraud and corruption.

The correctional services says Shaik's application is still subject to discussion.

The Democratic Alliance has accused the justice ministry of showing bias by even considering Shaik's application.

However, correctional services spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga says the department will not review the application but will rather decide on what recommendation to make to the medical appeals board on the matter.

"There is no reviewing here. the word review should not even apply anywhere."

Normal parole will allow Shaik more flexibility as he has been accused on several occasions of contravening his current release conditions.

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.