13 AWB members among pardon seekers

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma on Thursday revealed the political affiliations of the 149 applications recommended for presidential pardon by the Presidential Reference Group.

Replying to questions in the National Assembly, he said the applicants' party political affiliations had been categorised as ANC 53, Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging 13, Freedom Front Plus three, Inkatha Freedom Party 21, Pan Africanist Congress 34, United Democratic Movement 11, Azanian People's Organisation two, former Bophuthatswana Defence Force two, Civic Association one, former South African Police five, Simunye in Christ Organisation one, and no affiliation three.

Zuma said he still had to consider the applications made in terms of the Special Dispensation Process.

This would be done once effect was given to the decision of the Constitutional Court in the matter of Ryan Albutt and Others versus the President and Others, he said.

The Constitutional Court ruled on February 23 this year that the victims had to be consulted.

Those on the list were recommended for a presidential pardon in terms of the Special Dispensation created by former president Thabo Mbeki in 2007.

It allowed for those convicted of politically motivated offences before June 16 1999 and who had not applied for amnesty to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to apply for a pardon.

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