Zuma turns down IFP Members’ Presidential Pardon Application

2010-02-04 14:51

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma has rejected 230 out of 384 applications from

Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) members who had sought presidential pardons.

This emerged today in documents Zuma dispatched to the

Constitutional Court in a bid to convince the court not to rule in favour of the

IFP, which approached the court to force the president to consider their


It is, however, unclear whether Zuma will grant pardons to the 154

remaining applicants.

Vincent Magwenya, Zuma’s spokesperson, could not be reached for


The group applied for presidential pardons in 2003 and nothing came

out of that process until today.

The IFP did not participate in the Truth and Reconciliation


“The applicants will be informed of the outcome within a reasonable

time through the normal channels,” Zuma said in an affidavit.

He then urged the court not to grant the applicants the relief that

they sought.

“The relief they seek is in fact rendered academic by the fact that

the applicants’ applications have all been processed,” he said in the



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