Minister of Justice and Correctional Services should judge parole applications on merit

2014-07-16
Dr Pieter Groenewald

Applications for parole, such as the one of Eugene de Kock, should be judged on its merits and should not be political decisions, Dr. Pieter Groenewald, the FF Plus’ chief spokesperson on correctional services says.

Dr. Groenewald says a person such as De Kock, who is clearly a political prisoner, has been failed by the previous regime and its president, Mr. FW de Klerk. Where the ANC secured amnesty for more than 20 000 of its people, the De Klerk government did not do the same.

“I do not know him (De Kock) and I do not support what he did. But it was arrogant of the De Klerk government to not do the same as the ANC. Eugene de Kock is now a victim of this,” Dr. Groenewald said.

Dr. Groenewald told the minister of justice and correctional services that he has a parole board and that he should listen to their recommendations.

“The board investigates a certain case on the merits thereof and they then recommend whether a prisoner should receive parole. I refer here specifically to the case of De Kock.

“You should have taken a decision, but made a political decision. In such a case you are doing an injustice to the parole board,” Dr. Groenewald said.

Dr. Groenewald also said that corruption is a great challenge to which the minister will have to pay attention. “With this I am not saying that all officials are corrupt. We know that there are also good officials, but corruption remains a huge problem. You will have to do something about it,” he said.

 

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