“I won’t apologise for what I did” -  says political prisoner Kenny Motsamai

By Drum Digital
13 January 2017

Political prisoner Kenny Motsamai insists that he will never apologise for killing a white traffic officer

in Rustenburg during a bank robbery that was sanctioned by the Azanian People’s Liberation Army (APLA) - the military wing of the Pan African Congress (PAC).

“I won’t apologise for anything, there is no white person that has ever apologised for apartheid,” he says.

DRUM met up with Motsamai who was released on full day parole on Wednesday after spending 27 years in jail.

He was in a jovial spirit and surrounded by his doting family and cadres of the PAC.

“I kissed the floor because I wanted to show God gratitude for my freedom,” he says.

His first meal was a McDonald’s hamburger.

“In prison we eat pap and bread, it has been a long time since I had a tasty, expensive meal like that burger,” he adds.

He received R40 000 from the well-known Pastor Mboro (real name Paseka Motsoeneng) to start a car wash business, as well as prayers for his new house which has been given to him by the state.

Despite receiving support from the EFF, Motsamai says he has no plans of joining the political party and the EFF does not expect him to do so.

EFF members visited him in prison and supported his family with food; they also offered him a job, which is a requisite for his parole

APLA leaders Chris Sankara (left), Kenny Motsamai (middle) Abraham Molefe (right) & Malefane Motsamai (far right). Picture/Sharon Seretlo APLA leaders Chris Sankara (left), Kenny Motsamai (middle) Abraham Molefe (right) & Malefane Motsamai (far right). Picture/Sharon Seretlo

Motsamai is still bitter about not receiving amnesty during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1996.

“They gave members of the apartheid government blanket amnesty, exonerating them from their crimes without any conditions,” he says.

Chris Sankara, a former commander in APLA, says the ANC holds a grudge against the PAC and over 100 members are still in prison.

“We have taken them to court, we have protested and gone to international bodies such as the African Union, Amnesty International and the Pan-African court, but ultimately it’s their decision as government to let our prisoners free,” he says.

For now, Motsamai is revelling in his freedom and enjoying the company of his family. The tracker attached to his ankle is a small reminder that he is not completely free. But he is not bothered, life will go on.

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