Lifers granted day parole

Johannesburg - Four offenders sentenced to life imprisonment will be released on parole, the department of correctional services said on Monday.

"These offenders will be closely monitored, including the use of electronic monitoring," said spokesperson James Smalberger in a statement.

He said Petrus Legong, Riku Nortje, Zuko Nato and Bennett Mzoko would be released on parole, and Cornelius Johannes van Wyk would be released on day parole as from 1 January.

Day parole means an offender is allowed to go out of a correctional centre during the day but must return at night.

He said Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele had approved the parole applications of the four.

"Parole is not a right, and is always subject to specific conditions which an offender must comply with."

Smalberger said the progressive parole system in place today in South Africa was based on international best practice.

"In the case of lifers, the minister of correctional services takes the final decision to grant parole or not."

He said the National Council on Correctional Services (NCCS), chaired by Judge Siraj Desai, considers parole applications for lifers on a regular basis for recommendation to the minister.

"Upon receipt of advice and recommendations from the NCCS, the minister exercises due consideration."

He said the offenders were sentenced between 1993 and 1996 for crimes such as murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Yonela Palesa Moopelwa 2012-12-24 10:33:22 PM
didn't you read the article Bester?
Hennie Coetzee 2012-12-24 10:34:34 PM
Progressive parole? My @ss! We're letting people back on the street who should've been hung from the gallows 15 years ago already. Give it a few months and these idiots will be back in court for new crimes.
zuma.compound 2012-12-24 10:36:37 PM
These scumbags should be dead. Their victims never got parole.
lovenergy 2012-12-24 10:38:37 PM
We don't want these people on our streets. They were taken out of society for a reason!
LiveYourOwnLife 2012-12-24 10:48:27 PM
Sad and disgusting they don't deserve to get out! A life sentence mean's for life!
nic.nomicos.3 2012-12-24 11:04:45 PM
And Clive Darby !!!
Eric Fana Moloi 2012-12-24 11:08:12 PM
I thought i read de story upside down,it doesnt make sense @ all,its now night sentence not life
Gorden Norman 2012-12-24 11:53:00 PM
Why not give prisoners annual leave as well.
Dewald Holtzhausen 2012-12-25 12:24:16 AM
Banana Republic!!!
Robert Clive Warriner 2012-12-25 12:54:57 AM
what about those murdered. do they get to come home to? 456 sake this is not on!