Schabir Shaik has chronic illness "not terminally ill" - Hospice CEO

It's 8 years since Schabir Shaik was released on medical parole after serving more than two years of a 15-year sentence for corruption.

The Democratic Alliance is calling on Justice Minister Michael Masutha to review Shaik's medical parole.

Shaik was diagnosed with terminal illness at the time and said that he only had few days to live.

According to Dr Elizabeth Gwyther, CEO at Hospice Palliative Care Association, terminal illness means the patient is close to dying.

Gwyther says whatever Shaik's illness is, it seems to be the kind of illness that could've easily been treated even if he was jail.

Read: Shaik was released fraudulently, illegally and unlawfully - James Selfe

Clearly Shabir Shaik was not close to dying when he was released on parole.

Dr Elizabeth Gwyther, CEO at Hospice Palliative Care Association

Unless a person is within a couple of days from dying, it is actually impossible to say the person is terminally ill.

Dr Elizabeth Gwyther, CEO at Hospice Palliative Care Association

I would also contest that Shabir Shaik has a chronic illness that is under control and it is not something I would even define as serious illness.

Dr Elizabeth Gwyther, CEO at Hospice Palliative Care Association

According to James Selfe DA Federal Chairperson at Democratic Alliance‚ if Minister Michael Masutha refuses to take the issue of Shaik’s parole on review, they will consider other avenues.

I plan to have an appointment with him and to explain to him that this is putting the entire system of medical parole into disrepute, that there are people inside the prison cells at the moment who are desperately ill and because of Shaik's case there's now a much more rigorous process that people have to go through to be released on medical parole.

James Selfe, DA Federal Executive Chairperson

I don't think it's really fair to those people who are sick in prison... and Mr Shaik 8 years enjoys all the benefits.

James Selfe, DA Federal Executive Chairperson

To hear more of this interview, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Schabir Shaik has chronic illness "not terminally ill" - Hospice CEO


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