The Patriotic Alliance is disappointed at the manner in which Rashied Staggie's parole revocation was handled, without any warning being given and with communication, overall, being far less than desirable. The impression created is that the department of corrections sought any excuse to revoke his parole. The party is currently reviewing the decision.
However, Mr Staggie is not a leader in the PA and his interests in the party lay solely in the peacemaking efforts he promoted in gang-riven areas, which have become lastingly peaceful after an intractable gang war, particularly in Manenberg. It is unfortunate that Mr Staggie has not received any recognition for his ongoing commitment to rehabilitating himself and his community.
The party will consider every legal avenue to ensure Mr Staggie, an ordinary member of the party among many thousands of other ordinary members, has his constitutional rights respected.
The Patriotic Alliance has also lodged a complaint with the press ombud regarding a SAPA article on 24 December that stated that the party "consists of gangsters".
This is a falsehood perpetuated by the party's opponents. This is a party of all the people, for all the people. The "gangster" assertion is a falsehood the party trusts the media will soon no longer fall prey to.