Do crime, serve time

Those who commit crime suffer the consequences of their deeds. Schabir Shaik is no exception.

Those who commit crime suffer the consequences of their deeds. Schabir Shaik is no exception.

After the supreme court of appeal rejected his appeal yesterday, Shaik must now do the honourable thing - hand himself over to the authorities and start serving his 15-year jail term.

As with all democratic countries, he was afforded the opportunity to be heard by a higher court after his conviction and sentence on fraud and corruption charges in the Durban high court.

Yesterday the supreme court of appeal found no grounds to set aside the convictions and sentences.

Shaik can delay serving his term by turning to the constitutional court for relief.

But after being found guilty and sentenced by two of the country's supreme courts, Shaik must understand that if you do crime, you have to serve time - in jail.

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