‘Yengeni thinks he is above the law’ - DA
By Nadia Samie
13 November 2006
Former ANC chief whip Tony Yengeni’s failure to report back to prison punctually and his consumption of alcohol during his weekend off from jail, has angered opposition parties, who have cried out that he is receiving preferential treatment.
Three months into his jail term, Yengeni was granted a weekend pass, in line with correctional services legislation. He was to return to the prison at 3PM on Sunday, instead, he arrived at 4PM, citing car trouble. Yengeni was also photographed in the garden of his Milnerton home drinking beer as he chatted to friends — this is reportedly a contravention of his parole conditions.
The DA slammed the decision to grant Yengeni a weekend pass.
In a statement, the DA said: "Tony Yengeni’s violation of at least two of his parole conditions is an outrageous affront on justice in
"Rewards such as weekend passes and early release should only be given to those prisoners who clearly demonstrate that they are remorseful for the crimes they have committed, have made every effort to reform and are demonstrating exemplary behaviour. If what happened this weekend is anything to go by, Tony Yengeni is not demonstrating any of these qualities. Clearly, the ANC government should be condemning Yengeni for this latest outrage, " says DA spokesperson for correctional services, James Selfe.
ID leader Patricia de Lille told a daily paper that, should Yengeni go unpunished for his weekend transgressions, he will leave prison early next year into a society as corrupt as when he went into prison.
Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour has refused to comment until after he receives a report from the parole board.