Saturday, November 11, 2006

Yengeni home for the weekend

By Odette Ismail
11 November 2006

Former ANC chief whip Tony Yengeni has been granted a weekend pass to spend with his family.

This is eleven weeks after the start of his four-year jail sentence for fraud charges.

Independent online reports that Yengeni will be allowed to be on parole every weekend. This includes Christmas and New Year.

Yengeni will be confined in his Cape Town home on Saturday and Sunday. He might be released under correctional supervision on January 15. Yengeni’s lawyer says however that this is just speculation.

Siraj Desai is the head of the Parole review board. He says that if Yengeni is released in January then this shows that he did not receive special treatment at all.

The local parole board will decide whether Yengeni will be released on parole and the conditions thereof.

If he violates any of his weekend parole conditions he will be taken back to prison.

A correctional services spokesperson said that Yengeni appeared before the Malmesbury case management committee, the beginning of November. It was decided that he be released earlier in next year.



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