Things ‘look good’ for Eugene de Kock – lawyer

2014-11-20 13:52

Apartheid-era assassin Eugene de Kock’s lawyer says there is a “positive indication” he will be granted parole in January, after an agreement was reached in the North Gauteng High Court today.

“I think it is very positive and a very positive indication that he will be given parole when the minister finally decides on or before January 31,” Julian Knight told reporters outside the court.

“We have a new minister. I don’t want to pre-judge. We will see what happens when a decision is made.”

According to the agreement, De Kock will find out in December if the national council for correctional services will recommend him for parole to the minister of justice and correctional services. The council had until December 19 to make its recommendation.

Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha had until January 31 to decide on the parole.

“I think it’s good progress. It’s a situation where both parties get what they want,” said Knight.

A victim offender dialogue had taken place since August and Knight said the minister was “happy on that basis”.

He said he was not part of the dialogue and could not comment on the response from the families of De Kock’s victims.

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