Fraud convict Schabir Shaik has been arrested, Eyewitness News reported on Monday.
This follows news reports on the weekend that Shaik had allegedly assaulted a man.
“Mr Schabir Shaik has been booked in at the Westville Correctional facility. We took a decision last night,” said Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on Monday. “The decision was taken by the regional commission in KwaZulu-Natal in consultation with the national commissioner and myself and … we agreed he should be booked in.”
She also confirmed that he did not hand himself over to authorities.
“Correctional officers went and picked him up from his house,” she said.
The Sunday Times reported that Shaik hit a man, Mohamed Ismail, outside a mosque in Durban. Shaik allegedly parked the man in, who was trying to get to hospital. He allegedly punched him in an altercation.
The Star on Monday quoted Shaik as saying the Sunday Times report contained “half-truths” about him, but did not deny that he hit the man.
The police are investigating another case against Shaik, which was made by a Sunday Tribune reporter, for allegedly choking and slapping her at a golf course about two weeks ago.
Shaik was released on medical parole in March 2009 but opposition parties questioned whether he really was “terminally ill”.
In 2005, he was convicted of fraud and corruption and sent to jail for 15 years. The current President, Jacob Zuma, at the time was axed as deputy president as a result of Shaik’s conviction. Shaik was Zuma’s financial adviser.
But Shaik served only two years and four months of the 15-year term. He was released on medical parole shortly before Zuma became president.