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Nofemela parole: ANC satisfied

2009-08-28 18:09

Johannesburg - The ANC has expressed its satisfaction with the decision to grant apartheid era hitman Butana Almond Nofemela parole.

"The ANC is satisfied with all the steps and [the] consultative process undertaken by Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula before arriving at the decision," party spokesperson Brian Sokutu said in a statement.

Granting Nofemela parole marked the end of a "sad chapter in the history of the anti-apartheid struggle" in the country, he said.

Mapisa-Nqakula earlier announced that Nofemela had been granted parole after serving nearly 22 years in prison.

He was sentenced to death for murdering Brits farmer Johannes Hendrik Lourens, but escaped the gallows at the last minute in 1987 after confessing to killing eight ANC members including Griffiths Mxenge and Zwelibanzi Nyanda.

Nyanda, who was killed in Swaziland, was the brother of Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda.

Nofemela was granted amnesty by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for the eight ANC murders, but continued to serve a life term for killing Lourens.