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In defiance of medical convention and against the best predictions of a team of doctors, convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik has survived a decade since his release from prison on medical parole. Both Shaik and his doctor have insisted that the correct medical decision was taken at the time. It was a sunny March day in 2009 when Shaik — former financial adviser and close aide to former president Jacob Zuma — was quietly moved by ambulance from Durban’s specialist Nkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital to his home, in the leafy suburb of Musgrave on the city’s ridge. Since his release the quiet cosmopole has been spotted at restaurants and coffee shops and even hit the links at the Papwa Sewgolum Golf Course in Reservoir Hills, all while facing the ticking clock of terminal illness. Shaik, who was contacted last week, said his blood pressure issues still plagued him. “Today I am not well at all … my blood pressure you know ... I can’t talk now actually because I am very sick,” he said, ...

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