Masutha receives De Kock parole challenge

Johannesburg - The office of Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha on Thursday confirmed that he had received an application to review the parole application of apartheid-era assassin Eugene de Kock.

Last month Masutha announced that De Kock would have to wait another year before his application was reconsidered - to allow the families of his victims to be consulted.

De Kock's lawyers on Wednesday indicated that they would challenge Masutha's ruling.

Decision 'rational'

The minister's office on Thursday said it stood by Masutha's decision.

"We believe [the] minister's decision was rational and taken after a proper assessment of facts before him and [we] will oppose their application in defence of his decision," said spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga.

De Kock was in charge of a police "death squad" at Vlakplaas, outside Pretoria, and was arrested in mid-1994. He was convicted and sentenced in the High Court in Pretoria in 1996.

He was sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment for six murders and to a further 212 years imprisonment on charges including conspiracy to commit murder, culpable homicide, kidnapping, assault, and fraud.

Now aged 65, De Kock has currently served 18 years in prison.

Sakhiwo 2014-08-14 03:04:17 PM
Release the man and that will be a total free democratic South Africa
Andrew John Becker 2014-08-14 03:09:09 PM
Maybe they should just let the guy go. He was only doing his job. No matter how horrible that job mught have been. He was used as a scapegoat. If the old NP government was really as smart and great as they thought they were, then there is no way that they didn't have knowledge of what was going on. They are now langiushing in retirement while he will probably never see freedom again. Seems like people are scared of him. What's he gonna do? Steal your tea biscuits. He probably just wants to get on with his life in peace.
Andrew John Becker 2014-08-14 03:10:27 PM
@sakhiwo - right on brother
Lindy Ngwenya 2014-08-14 03:29:44 PM
He has not served his so why is he supposed to be released?
S'busiso Z TShabalala 2014-08-14 03:30:26 PM
He should spend another 18 years behind bars before they release him
Masela Dima Given 2014-08-14 03:32:45 PM
honestly i do not care.out or not...........
Nin Ja Kitty 2014-08-14 04:05:30 PM
An assassin he may have been. He has served his time. He has had the balls to wait this long before contesting anything. Unlike our outback intelligence specialists who get out for murder after a couple of months, sometimes weeks. I will never condone the behaviour of anyone who takes a life, orders a life to be taken or undertakes any untoward and unacceptable behaviour, but it is time for him to be freed and live with his conscience in his own home...... this would be the final punishment I think.
Chris Bester 2014-08-14 04:20:56 PM
Those policemen shot and killed miners at Marikana on instruction, what is the difference between them and De Kock??
Asanda Mdingi 2014-08-14 04:26:01 PM
his release will cause havoc and open wounds! Let him atleast serve half of his sentence, its too early now
Raymond Van Den Brink 2014-08-14 04:44:38 PM
Masutha has got a real "kom moer my" face. Think somebody should do it.