DA wants Shaik placed on 'proper' parole

Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha says that Schabir Shaik's health was last assessed before he was controversially released on medical parole in March 2009.

FILE: Schabir Shaik (C) leaves the Durban High court on 26 July 2005. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha says that Schabir Shaik's health was last assessed before he was controversially released on medical parole in March 2009.

More than eight years later, President Jacob Zuma's former financial advisor is still judged to be "terminally ill", while his relaxed parole conditions allow for him to work, attend his son's school events and engage in sport from 12pm to 7pm.

Masutha revealed these details in a written response to a Democratic Alliance (DA) parliamentary question.

The party says that the situation is a farce and is calling for action.

Sentenced to 15 years for paying a bribe to Zuma, Shaik spent just over two years behind bars before his release on medical parole on the grounds that he was about to die.

The DA's James Selfe says that Shaik must be treated as an ordinary parolee.

"He's 'terminally ill', but he's perfectly healthy."

Selfe says that Minister Masutha must take action.

"The system needs to be revisited to regularise this anomaly and place him on a proper parole regime and not one that covers golfer's paradise."

Much stricter conditions for medical parole came into effect in early 2012, but these don't affect Shaik. Selfe says while the DA may consider going to court to have his medical parole reviewed, he says
that Masutha has the power to act.