De Kock parole decision by 10 July

2014-06-30 14:47
The North Gauteng High Court. (Schalk van Zuydam, AP)

The North Gauteng High Court. (Schalk van Zuydam, AP)

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Johannesburg - Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha has until 10 July to make a decision on whether former apartheid-era police colonel Eugene de Kock should be granted parole.

"The minister has not reached a decision on the request for parole by Mr Eugene de Kock," his spokesperson Lawrence Ngoveni said on Monday.

"He will make a pronouncement within the 30 days period set by the court."

Ngoveni said the 30 day period did not include weekends and holidays.

Court bid

De Kock, a former police death squad commander, approached the North Gauteng High Court last month to force Masutha to make a decision on his parole.

De Kock was in charge of a police "death squad" at Vlakplaas outside Pretoria, and was arrested in mid-1994. He was convicted in the Pretoria High Court in 1996.

He was sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment for two murders and to a further 212 years' imprisonment on a range of other charges, including conspiracy to commit murder, culpable homicide, kidnapping, assault, and fraud.

Many of his former colleagues who committed murder under his command testified in return for indemnity from prosecution.

De Kock, nicknamed "Prime Evil", has spent two decades in prison.

Order

Last month, Judge Thokozile Masipa granted an order giving Masutha 30 days to decide on De Kock's parole bid.

The National Council for Correctional Services made a recommendation about De Kock's parole in November last year.

The recommendation was sent to then minister S'bu Ndebele, but when he failed to act, De Kock approached the high court to force him to do so.


- SAPA
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