Many people, myself included, had suspected that convicted fraudster and pal of President Zuma, Schabir Shaik, managed to get medical parole through having friends in high places.
Only terminally ill prisoners qualify for medical parole; it seemed hugely doubtful that notwithstanding Mr Shaik’s medical issues, he was most certainly not terminally ill, or about to die, when he was released early March 2009.
This was view further solidified when, over the past few months, reports continually emerged of Shaik being out about, at restaurants and playing golf. It also seemed a little odd that a man who was ostensibly suffering from a terminal illness and on the verge of dying, hadn’t passed away yet.
Today the M&G provides us with some sad, unsurprising answers. They have obtained documents which clearly show that Shaik was not terminally ill and that his parole release was politically motivated.
Read the M&G‘s expose here.