95 lifers wait to hear their fate

2011-04-07 21:07

Cape Town - Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will on Friday announce her decision on the parole applications of the first 95 of 385 offenders serving life sentences following a recent Constitutional Court ruling.

Mapisa-Nqakula approached the Constitutional Court at the beginning of the year to ask the court to clarify an order it handed down on September 30 2010, said he department.

Clarification was sought as to whether the National Council of Correctional Services (NCCS) still had a role to fulfil in processing and considering the parole of lifers sentenced before March 1 1994.

The NCCS had interpreted the judgment to mean that the minister should decide on the parole applications of this group of offenders without the advisory body's assistance, since the court's instruction did not mention the NCCS directly.

The court handed down judgment on March 31 2011 and indicated that its main judgment of September 30 2010 was clear insofar as there could be no doubt that it applied only to those inmates sentenced to life before the introduction of the 20 year minimum detention period on March 1 1994.

The court held that the NCCS was excluded from the process of parole consideration of inmates sentenced before March 1 1994.

This meant the minister should consider the placement of lifers falling within this category without the involvement of the NCCS.

Mapisa-Nqakula had duly considered the placement on parole of the first group of 95 lifers presented to her.

She would announce her decision on the sidelines of the two-day correctional services stakeholders' summit currently underway at Gallagher Estates in Midrand.

  • Ron - 2011-04-07 21:47

    WTF, You people don't even understand what Life Sentence is, I should not even call you people, rather SAVAGES... What have they received the sentence for in the first place.... THINK.... FGS.

  • Monica - 2011-04-07 22:11

    Wonder what you will do Minister of Correctional Services if one of these people come back and kill one of your family members. That is why they got life and you want to put them back on the streets!!! That is why the criminals do not obey the law; rape; kill; steal; kidnapping. I thought you were put in that position to protect the honest and law obeying citizens of this country.

      Bob - 2011-04-07 22:40

      The ANC needs votes

      Shadoz - 2011-04-08 11:08

      prisoners can vote..

  • Cameron - 2011-04-07 22:23

    385 criminals that should not have been 6 feet under long time ago! Lets see - Murder and rape, go to trial (Burden on the taxpayer), go to Jail (Huge burden on the taxpayer), then get set free. What are the chances that 98% of these criminals would be behind bars again within 6 months

  • Mundu - 2011-04-07 22:25

    Life should mean LIFE. They didn't get there by accident. I wonder how transperent the parole assessments will be?

  • Bob - 2011-04-07 22:39

    I can just shake my head in disbelief

  • Bob - 2011-04-07 22:39

    I can just shake my head in disbelief

  • Marcell - 2011-04-08 02:26

    Shaik, rattle and roll.

  • Louise Coetzee - 2011-04-08 08:37

    Oh my goodness! seems english is not understood too well by the idiots in charge! life means until you die, surely?!? un-f'ing-believable!

      LadyJJ - 2011-04-08 11:01

      you guys know here life is 25 years with parole

  • ji - 2011-04-08 08:56

    life in prison should mean just that , LIFE . how can anyone with half a brain even consider giving this scum freedom ??? SA justice STINKS .

  • coolwaynie - 2011-04-08 12:47

    "He was granted amnesty after being convicted for his part in the St James Church massacre in 1993, in which 11 churchgoers died and 58 were wounded. But now Gcinikhaya Makoma is facing a string of charges, ranging from murder and robbery to possession of machineguns. Makoma and 10 co-accused are expected to appear in the Cape Town High Court on October 11 in connection with a series of attacks in an alleged 2007 crime spree in which one man died. Makoma had been sentenced to serve 23 years for his role in the bloodbath for the Cape Town church massacre, but had completed only five-and-a-half years when the Truth and Reconciliation Commission granted him and three fellow Azanian People’s Liberation Army cadres amnesty. Makoma is now alleged to have taken part in crimes in Cape Town." Once a sack of shit, always a sack of shit.

  • - 2011-04-08 13:09

    Hey, the criminal Mandela also got life, was set free and now he is considered a god. In this country, criminals rule. Ask Zuma.

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