Durban businessman Schabir Shaik has been admitted to hospital, correctional
services officials said on Monday.
The department of correctional
services refused to divulge his condition but confirmed that he was in
"We can only acknowledge that he's been taken to hospital," said
deputy commissioner of communications for correctional services, Manelisi
Sapa has reliably learnt that he was taken to St Augustine's
Hospital and was under police guard.
The afternoon Daily News quoted a St
Augustine's hospital staffer as saying that Shaik had been placed in the
hospital's renal transplant unit.
"He has not
been eating and goes to the bathroom for long periods of time," the staffer was
reported having said.
It is believed that at least 20
policemen are guarding Shaik's private room at the hospital.
Daily News also reported that Shaik had been admitted to the hospital under an
alias on Friday afternoon and was treated for depression and stress.
With acknowledgement to Sapa.