Last remission offenders to be freed

2012-07-05 17:26

Johannesburg - The last group of prisoners granted a special remission of sentence by President Jacob Zuma will be freed on Friday, prison authorities said.

"This is the very last group that will be released," correctional services ministry spokesperson Mahlodi Sam Muofhe said on Thursday.

Last month, 43 of the offenders freed so far were back in jail.

Zuma announced the special remission of sentence for some categories of sentenced prisoners, probationers, and parolees on 27 April, Freedom Day.

At the time, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said it could apply to more than 35 000 offenders, subject to an assessment.

He estimated that around 20 855 probationers and parolees, and 14 651 sentenced inmates would be released "conditionally or unconditionally".

Offenders who qualified were released from May 14 in "controllable groups".

Those sentenced for aggressive, sexual, firearm, and drug-related offences did not qualify for the special remission.

  • elmarie.viljoen.7 - 2012-07-05 17:44

    WTF? Shocking Shocking Shocking... 'Last month, 43 of the offenders freed so far were back in jail.' Uhm and yet more are released? What is wrong with this picture people?

      rbphiri - 2012-07-05 18:07

      Not only is the picture wrong, but so is government's FRAME of mind.

  • NatashaDawnQuinn - 2012-07-05 17:51

    Just what we need in South Africa, more criminals on the streets! This is not a very contrsuctive way of sorting out the crime in this country!

      rbphiri - 2012-07-05 18:07

      They shouldve served their sentence in its entirety

  • mantsho.tlali - 2012-07-05 17:56

    Instead of building more prisons in the coutry you will rather enjoy yourself and put people's life in danger with this stupid laws, he wants a new jet while crime and uneployment is piling up in the country, truely and really the people of SA must wake up, as long as we still have ANC in power our lives and our children' lives will continue to be in danger.If the president cannot create jobs, why release all this criminals, to come out and do what? definately they are going to kill and rob innocent people out there. To hell with Zuma!!!! - 2012-07-05 18:28

      no instead of building more prisons the idiot buys a R2bn jet after they spent R250 000 000 on flights previously. he has no clue what he is doing and its getting worse daily. who knows tomorrow we might hear the countries name is changing to the "communist republic of Zuma" - and there slogan will be "if you rape steal or murder, you belong with us"

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-05 18:03

    Yes step it up there is plenty jobs somewhere out there waiting and it will any case keep some cops who are already doing very little something to do in the meantime.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-05 18:06

    This is just going to spike the crime rate even more! What did it take to process,court time,items stolen etc for the 43 RE offenders to be RE arrested! Dimwits making dimwitted decisions!

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-05 18:07

    Bring back the death penalty. Then the jails wont be so full

  • marysia.vieira - 2012-07-05 18:27

    Jail is where they plan their next hit. To come back to jail means free food, roof over their head and food in the tummy at the expense of the taxpayer. What was the purpose of the release if not to increase instead of curb the crime rate?

  • TheRealWitblitz - 2012-07-05 18:29

    Walk into any township, throw a rock in the air... and you're bound to hit a criminal.

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-05 18:32

      If not the chances are it will fall on your own head

  • anthonycharles.williams - 2012-07-05 18:29

    zuma you keep fuĀ£king up wtf

  • rowen.loretz - 2012-07-05 18:34

    No wonder our society is in a state of moral decay. Criminals are let lose every couple of months. Zuma should be shot!

  • rowen.loretz - 2012-07-05 18:36

    43 criminals that were set free so far are back in jail. What a joke Zuma is, letting criminals get a free "get out of jail" card. Something is seriously wrong with this country

  • rowen.loretz - 2012-07-05 18:41


  • altusvanzyl - 2012-07-05 18:43

    Brace yourselfs!!! ce

  • rowen.loretz - 2012-07-05 18:45


  • michael.j.anderson.144 - 2012-07-05 18:52

    saaaay . . . I need votes, Kgale my dear deputy vice president. I know, I"ll let 35 000 criminals loose on the streets. They will vote for me. I want to be loved and admired, so I'll do it on Freedom Day. So our law-abiding citizens are free to suffer at the hands of an extra 35000 criminal ANC voters

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-07-05 18:54

    THEY..will be this space

  • grant.chancellormaddison - 2012-07-05 20:37

    Better keep my shotgun handy

  • raymond.abrahamse - 2012-07-05 20:48

    Nothing Showerhead does should surprise us any longer.To think that a Goblin with such a huge over developed head may just have had a bit of brain the size of a grain of salt, would have used it and not done something as stupid as this.But,then again,he will do the deed and think afterwards.

      Jacques Janse van Vuuren - 2012-07-05 21:06

      I put the blame on this country's useless justice system. People arrested for petty crimes staying in jail for months, waiting to be prosecuted (and then released anyway) On average it cost the taxpayer R10 000 per month/criminal. Doesn't make sense if the criminal was arrested for stealing a Nokia 5110 now, does it? Make these bastards do hard labour and actually contribute to this country.

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