Monday, October 19, 2009

It's a miracle! Schabir Shaik not dying anymore, seeks pardon

If this travesty happens then it should convince even the most ardent disparagers of the truth about the ANC that something is very, very amiss in South Africa. Expect a pardon any day soon. South Africa is clearly a land of miracles. Alert the Vatican!

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'Terminally ill' Shaik spotted driving BMW

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James Selfe says govt seems to be prevaricating over reply to parliamentary question


If that happens, the farce that has been his punishment will be complete and the South African public will have to watch on as the ANC subverts the justice system to its own will.

In reply to a Democratic Alliance (DA) parliamentary question to the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, as to whether or not Schabir Shaik has applied for a presidential pardon, the Minister has responded by saying the question should be referred to the Presidency:

"...the Presidency, as the constitutional power whether or not to grant a pardon and the arrangement, determination and control of the processes attendant upon the discharge lies with the President of the Republic of South Africa and not the Minister."

The DA will do so. But the Minister's response is disingenuous and is shown up as such by his response to a similar question from the IFP. The disparity betwee
n the two responses suggests the Minister is either ignorant as to the nature of the process of applying for a Presidential Pardon, or has something to hide. In other words, Mr Shaik has indeed applied and the Department is doing what it can to keep the matter off the public record. And the only reason it would do that, is because it is considering granting the pardon, which would be unconscionable.

In reply to an IFP question, asking whether the same Department had received similar applications from two other individuals, the Minister stated that his department had indeed received the applications and that "All the applications, including the ones under question, were processed and are currently in the Office of the President".

Why is the Minister willing to answer that question but unable to confirm, one way or the other, if Mr Shaik has applied?

The process of applying for a Presidential Pardon requires an individual to first apply to the Minister of Justice, before that application is then forwarded onto the Presidency. This must happen because the Department of Justice is responsible for motivating to the Presidency either in favour or in opposition to the application.

In 2001 Allan Boesak applied for a Presidential Pardon. His application was rejected at the first hurdle, by the Department of Justice. Quite clearly the Department is central to the process concerning Presidential Pardons and is now being inconsistent.

In other words, for the Minister to suggest that any queries in this regard should be directed to the Presidency is entirely misleading and begs the question, if Mr Shaik hasn't applied, why didn't the Minister just say so? What has he got to hide?

Shabir Shaik and those loyal to him in the ANC government have done everything in their power to dilute the effect of his sentence and undermine the impact of the guilty judgment handed down against him. It is perfectly conceivable that - indeed one might say it is just a matter of time before - Shabir Shaik applies for a pardon. Worse still, and given the ANC's attitude to this matter up to this point, perfectly possible that the Department of Justice recommends and the President accepts that Shabir Shaik be pardoned.

If that happens, the farce that has been his punishment will be complete and the South African public will have to watch on as the ANC subverts the justice system to its own will.

As soon as the Presidency responds to our question, we will make that answer and its implications known.

Statement issued by James Selfe, MP, Democratic Alliance shadow minister of correctional services.

1 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

I want his doctors! On death's bed and now, miraculously, he lives.