Masutha mum on De Kock parole details

2014-07-16 14:33
Justice Minister Michael Masutha (Stefan Heunis, AFP)

Justice Minister Michael Masutha (Stefan Heunis, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha declined to discuss details of Eugene de Kock's failed parole application on Wednesday.

He would only confirm that the families of the victims of the apartheid state assassin had not been consulted.

"I do have constraints in discussing the De Kock matter because the contents of the profile of an applicant for parole is not open to public scrutiny and therefore I am not at liberty to discuss details of what the contents were," Masutha said when asked whether the families had opposed the parole bid.

"Certainly upon perusing the application I noticed that there was something that was not quite convincing about whether or not the families had been consulted," he told reporters in Parliament.

Masutha went on to recount that his now widely reported meeting with relatives of De Kock's victims on 4 July confirmed they had not been consulted.

"Each one stood up and said they were not consulted."

The minister was briefing reporters ahead of his budget vote speech in Parliament, and stressed that the department was seeking to facilitate input from victims and their families in the parole process.

In November, it planned to launch a video-conferencing system in all 53 parole offices in the country to enable officials to consult families at long distance.

Masutha said though "phenomenal progress was made since 2009 in mobilising victims to participate in parole hearings... from 108 to 1125 cases per year", this still translated into only five percent of successful parole hearings.

Masutha last week said De Kock's case could be reviewed again in a year, instead of the usual two-year period.

De Kock, known as "Prime Evil", confessed to crimes and was sentenced in 1996 to two life terms plus another 212 years.

He was convicted on murder and other charges linked to his role as head of the secret C10 police unit stationed at Vlakplaas, outside Pretoria.

He has maintained that he acted on political orders from apartheid regime leaders who suffered no sanction.

- SAPA
Read more on:    eugene de kock  |  michael masutha  |  cape town  |  parliament 2014  |  prisons
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
8 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
Investment tips you need to know 2015-01-29 14:07

Ever wondered how to assess your future potential liability? Feroz Basa, Senior Portfolio Manager Old Mutual Investment Group, weighs in on all the investment tips you need to know. WATCH.

/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Games on Sale!

Save up to 60% on selected games. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Love is in the air and it is swirling around you in a romantic mist. This may be an idealistic yearning for that perfect love or...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.