Ban on visitors and phone calls

Jailed fraudster and former ANC chief whip Tony Yengeni has been barred from receiving visitors. He also cannot make or receive phone calls.

Jailed fraudster and former ANC chief whip Tony Yengeni has been barred from receiving visitors. He also cannot make or receive phone calls.

The sanction will last for two weeks during which time the Correctional Services Department will investigate allegations that Yengeni had breached his parole conditions.

Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour said yesterday that Yengeni would qualify for leaving prison by January 13 and would therefore not have another weekend pass until that period.

Prisoners get two weekend passes in six months.

Balfour's comments come in the wake of reports that Yengeni had broken his parole conditions. He was pictured in weekend newspapers with a beer bottle in his hand. His wife Lumka denied that he had drunk alcohol. She said he did not drink beer and was only holding the bottle.

The DA's James Selfe said there was a perception that rich and politically well-connected people get preferential treatment in prison.

The ID's Avril Harding said that Balfour should investigate why correctional services officials refuse passes to other prisoners.

The IFP's Koos van de Merwe said the perception is that rules are "bent for ANC members".

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