Monday, October 19, 2009

Justice Ministry mum about Schabir Shaik applying for a pardon

By Khanyisa Tabata
19 October 2009


Justice Minister Jeff Radebe has reportedly refused to reveal whether Schabir Shaik has applied for a presidential pardon. President Jacob Zuma’s former financial adviser was sentenced to 15 years in jail for corruption.

But he only served 28 months of his sentence before being released on medical parole in March.

According to reports that the Democratic Alliance’s suspicions were aroused when Radebe refused to answer a question in Parliament on whether Shaik had applied for a presidential pardon.

Radebe said only the presidency had the constitutional power to grant a pardon.

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