Schabir Shaik rearrested

14 March 2011 - 14:52 By Times LIVE
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Schabir Shaik has been rearrested, according to reports.

Eyewitness News is reporting that Correctional Services has confirmed the arrest.

Correctional Services minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula told Eyewitness News Shaik will be held for 72 hours while the circumstances leading to recent stories in the media are investigated.

Shaik caused a commotion at a Durban mosque after lunch time on Friday when he allegedly assaulted a distraught father on his way to attend to his gravely ill daughter.

This is the second incident in less than three weeks in which Shaik has been accused of assault. His alleged attack on a Durban journalist last month prompted the parole board to demand a meeting with him at which he is expected to explain his actions.

On Saturday Shaik declined to comment on Friday's incident, saying: "I've got no comment on that man."

Barely two hours after Friday's alleged assault, Mahomed Ismail, 42, spoke to the Sunday Times. He said was traumatised by the incident.

"I felt violated ... as if I was raped. It's the first time in my life that someone's hit me. I'm still shaken," he said.

"I wanted to lay a charge but after talking to my wife I realised we didn't need further trauma in our lives," said the accountant.

Ismail left the noon prayer session at the Masjid Al Hilal mosque in Overport after doctors called him to assist with his five-year-old daughter, who suffers from nephrotic syndrome, a condition in which damaged kidneys leak large amounts of protein.

But when the burly Ismail - he is 1.97m tall and weighs 130kg - tried leaving the mosque grounds, his way was blocked by an unoccupied Chrysler Jeep parked on the driveway, blocking the car park exit.

The Sunday Times established, from the registration plate, that the 2001 Jeep was registered to Kobifin Group, a company owned by the Shaik family.

A frustrated Ismail sat in his Mercedes-Benz for about 15 minutes waiting for the owner of the Jeep to emerge.

"My daughter's doctor had phoned me because they could not get a drip into her hand. They had been trying since 6am ... and were now bringing a nurse from ICU to insert the drip. I became very concerned when I heard that. I wanted to be there for my little girl ... this was an emergency," he said.

For the past week Ismail has sat by his daughter's bedside from 4am until midnight at a top Durban hospital.

Shaik eventually emerged from the mosque and went to the Jeep. "There was no apology ... so I hooted," said Ismail.

An "enraged" Shaik got out of the vehicle, said Ismail, walked over to Ismail's car and confronted him. Ismail was still seated inside.

"He asked me what the problem was. He was enraged, red in the face."

Ismail said he grew angry in return and retorted: "How the hell do you park like that ... what type of Muslim are you?"

He said he told Shaik his daughter was in hospital and that he desperately needed to leave.

A heated argument ensued. Shaik allegedly reached into the Mercedes and slapped Ismail across the face.

"He started punching me. He just pounded at me. It's the first time in my life that someone's hit me."

Ismail said about three bystanders who had attended the prayer session managed to drag Shaik away. By that time, a small crowd had gathered.

Shaik "told me that, as a Muslim, I should not be rushing to the hospital but I should be in the mosque praying", said Ismail.

Shaik was still trying to lunge out at Ismail.

"Every time the guys pulled him away he came back to hit me. I was too stunned."

Shaik then stormed off, jumped into his Jeep and drove away. Bystanders told Ismail who Shaik was, and about the influence he wielded.

"That was no sick man who hit me. He was very much alive and forceful," said Ismail.

Bystanders and worshippers at the mosque refused to speak to the Sunday Times about the incident.

Shaik was released from Westville Prison two years ago this month on the basis that he was "in the final stages of terminal illness" suffering from severe cardiovascular problems and organ damage.

Yesterday opposition parties demanded that the Department of Correctional Services investigate Shaik for assault against Ismail. Shaik is already being investigated by the police and correctional services for allegedly attacking a female journalist at the Papwa Sewgolum Golf Course in Durban.

Shaik is alleged to have grabbed her throat, slapped her on both cheeks and asked her if she was a "terrorist".

Correctional services officials have said before that Shaik would be sent back to prison if found guilty of assault.

Shaik, who was once President Jacob Zuma's financial advisor, has violated his parole conditions once already.

The Minister of Correctional Services, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, warned that he would be sent back to jail the next time he breached his conditions.

Shaik was released on medical parole in March 2009 after serving two years and four months of a 15-year sentence, for fraud and corruption - spending most of that time in hospital due to high blood pressure, depression and chest pains.

In December that year, he had four hours cut from his six-hour weekly free time allocation after he was spotted shopping in Durban outside his permitted free time. In August last year, correctional services reinstated his free time, which is in addition to the four hours he is allowed on Fridays to attend prayers.

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