Nofomela a free man

2009-09-11 15:43

Pretoria - Former apartheid askari Butana Almond Nofomela was released from the Pretoria Central Prison on parole on Friday, Correctional Services said.

Spokesperson Sonwabo Mbananga said Nofomelo was released on Friday morning after Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa Nqakula upheld recommendations handed to her on August 21 by the National Council on Correctional Service.

He had served 22 years of a life sentence.

"The earlier than expected release of Mr Nofomela from custody is as a result of a request by him to be afforded space and privacy on his release away from the glare of the public," he said.

He said the minister met with Nofomela and was satisfied that he had been sufficiently prepared for life in the outside world.

Correctional services said it would not release his parole conditions.

Nofomela was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1988 after being convicted of the murder of farmer Johannes Lourens.

He also confessed to and received amnesty for the killing of eight anti-apartheid activists, including human rights lawyer, Griffith Mxenge, in 1981.