CORRECTIONAL Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula won't be asking the parole board to review Schabir Shaik's parole just yet, a department spokesperson said yesterday.
The minister was still waiting for a report from the Department of Correctional Services in KwaZulu-Natal to "test the veracity of the allegations published in the newspapers", Sonwabo Mbananga said.
Sunday newspapers City Press and Rapport photographed Shaik shopping and visiting a luxury residential estate in Durban this week.
"There is no consideration at the moment by the minister to send the decision by the parole board for review," Mbananga said.
He said the minister's office expected the department's report on the matter during the week.
Shaik was convicted on two counts of corruption for having a "generally corrupt" relationship with President Jacob Zuma and was sentenced to 15 years. He started his sentence in November 2006 but was released on parole on medical grounds in March this year.
Minister of correctional services at the time, Ngconde Balfour, said he was released on parole as he was in "the final stages of a terminal illness".
He had only served two years and four months - much of that in hospital.
Shaik has reportedly been seen around Durban, where he lives, on numerous occasions, even playing golf.
According to the conditions of his parole, he is only allowed to leave his house between 10.30am and 12.30pm on Wednesdays to visit a physiotherapist, and to visit a mosque on Fridays and Saturdays between noon and 4pm.
The newspapers took photos of Shaik at a Durban shopping centre and while he visited someone in a luxury security estate, The Essenwoods. He was driving his own BMX X6. - Sapa