South Africa 25.1.2014 10:49 am

De Kock’s parole being considered – report

FILE PICTURE: Former Transport Department Minister Sbu Ndebele. Picture: Refilwe Modise

FILE PICTURE: Former Transport Department Minister Sbu Ndebele. Picture: Refilwe Modise

Correctional Services Minister Sbu Ndebele was considering the parole applications of several prisoners, including that of apartheid killer, Eugene de Kock.

Ndebele’s spokesman Manelisi Wolela would not comment on whether de Kock’s request for release had been approved or not, the Saturday Star reported.

“Over the past few months he [Ndebele] has considered the parole applications of hundreds of inmates sentenced to life imprisonment, including that of de Kock, [which] is currently receiving due consideration,” Wolela was quoted as saying.

De Kock, who was nicknamed “Prime Evil” served as a policeman under the apartheid government.

He was arrested a week before Nelson Mandela’s inauguration in 1994 for the deaths of scores of anti-apartheid activists.

In 1996, he was sentenced to 212 years for crimes against humanity.

In an affidavit submitted with his application, De Kock reportedly said he had served 17 years of his sentence and was eligible for parole.

“I am the only member of the South African Police Service that is serving a sentence for crimes which I had committed as part of the National Party’s attempt to uphold apartheid and fight the liberation movements,” De Kock said in the affidavit.

“Not one of the previous generals or ministers who were in the cabinet up to 1990 have been prosecuted at all.

“I would never have committed the crimes if it was not for the political context of the time, and the position I was placed in, and in particular the orders I had received from my superiors.”

– Sapa

 

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