ANC guidelines: Do as I say and not as I do.
Case in point:- our corrupt friend Yengeni and his shenanigans. Served a few months in jail for fraud, was carried on the shoulders of sitting ANC parleymuntarians INTO jail toyi-toying, had his wife bring him home cooked food, enjoyed royal treatment in prison, was let out early and then proceeded to violate parole condition after parole condition - from being out beyond curfew, being out of town, drinking alcohol to actually being caught drink driving.
And yet, the man has not been returned to prison. Oh, to have ANC-connections in the ‘new’ South Africa. Life, eish, she is gooood.
Read the BULLSHIT excuses the dept of correctional services makes for this fool’s violations. It must be hard keeping up with making new excuses. They must think we are stupid.
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The department of correctional services has offered an explanation for why ANC national executive committee member Tony Yengeni was able to attend the Celine Dion concert and how he came to travel to KwaZulu-Natal earlier this year, despite being normally prevented from such activities by his correctional supervision restrictions.
The concert, says the department, was considered an "exceptional circumstance" and the politician was given special permission to attend.
The department's response comes after the Cape Argus appealed against an earlier refusal of an application for information about Yengeni's movements, under the Promotion of Access to Information Act.
The department said Yengeni, whom it has been accused of treating with kid gloves after his early release from prison into correctional supervision last year, is always supposed to be home by midnight.
But a Cape Argus reader, who declined to identify himself, reported that he had seen Yengeni being driven to his car in a golf cart by the event organisers at the concert
Yengeni declined to respond directly to the allegation, telling the Cape Argus at the time that there were many such allegations "that fly around every day".
Yengeni was released from jail in January 2007, less than five months after starting a four-year jail term for fraud and forgery, and placed in "Phase 5" of the correctional supervision system which compels probationers and parolees to be at home other than during working hours during the week. They have eight hours free on Saturdays and Sundays between 6am and 10pm.
In exceptional circumstances, the Head of Community Corrections may, upon receipt of a motivated application, grant the probationer/ parolee eight free hours up to later than 10pm but not later than midnight," the rules state.
After several reports and television footage showing Yengeni at various locations outside Cape Town since December, including the Celine Dion concert, the Cape Argus applied in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act for full details relating to Yengeni's applications for relaxation of the correctional supervision rules.
These included his visit to the Inkandla homestead of newly elected ANC president Jacob Zuma on December 28, the Celine Dion concert in Somerset West on February 24, and for being away from his home on Sunday, November 25 last year, the night on which he was arrested, allegedly for drunken driving.
There is a dispute over the exact time of this arrest.
Goodwood station commissioner Siphiwo Hewana, who has since been fired after disciplinary action, was initially reported as saying Yengeni had been arrested at about 9pm on Sunday, November 25.
Later, Hewana revealed that in his letter of suspension, Western Cape Police Commissioner Mzwandile Petros had accused him of instructing two junior officers to change the arrest time from 12.20am on Monday, November 26 to 9pm the previous day.
The department initially refused to release the requested information to the Cape Argus, stating that Yengeni had refused to give his consent to the disclosure of his "personal information". It therefore refused the application in terms of two clauses, 34 (i) and 38 (a), of the Act.
But the Cape Argus appealed that decision, pointing out inter alia that the terms of Yengeni's correctional supervision conditions were already a matter of public record and that there were only a limited set of circumstances, that did not apply here, in which an Information Officer appointed in terms of the Act was required to give notice to a third party.
The Cape Argus also argued that the second clause relied on by the department in its refusal, to the effect that the information could endanger the life or physical safety of Yengeni, was "inconceivable".
The department conceded the appeal and released some information to the Cape Argus.
These included two hand-written applications by Yengeni, one of which was dated December 24 and requested permission to travel to Pietermaritzburg on December 27, "to attend a meeting that will prepare for the ANC lekgotla, which will be a meeting where the new NEC will meet the Cabinet". It continued: "On the 28th December, the President of the ANC has invited members of the new NEC to Inkandla for a traditional ceremony. Positive response is anticipated. Yours sincerely. Tony Yengeni."
In its response to the request for full details about any application by Yengeni for his correctional supervision conditions to be relaxed so that he could attend the Celine Dion concert and be away from his home on Sunday November 25, the department stated that in respect of both events:
"In line with policy, Mr Yengeni was within his free time and arranged telephonically with the Head of Community Corrections to arrive at home after the prescribed time of 10pm but before midnight."
It also referred to two press releases from the department, dated December 3 and January 13, which state inter alia:
"The totally unfounded insinuation in the article (by a weekend newspaper) that conditions was (sic) relaxed to accommodate the individual are without any substance.
"The fact is that Mr Yengeni is in Phase 5 of the (correctional supervision) system which has its own set of criteria and regulatory rules which all offenders under the phase have to abide within (sic)."
On Thursday Yengeni's trial for alleged drunken driving was postponed to next Friday by Goodwood magistrate Ricardo Phillips.