Apla op­er­a­tive to walk free after 27 years in jail

The Sunday Independent - - NEWS - ROLAND MPOFU

AN AZANIAN Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army (Apla) op­er­a­tive will to­mor­row be re­leased from prison after spend­ing more than 27 years behind bars for killing un­named white farm­ers in 1989.

Ac­cord­ing to a Pan African­ist Congress (PAC) mem­ber, Thembeka Keba, Sipho Nxu­sana was ar­rested in 1989 but only sen­tenced in1993 for the killings.

It was es­ti­mated there were more than 30 Apla op­er­a­tives still lan­guish­ing in jail for po­lit­i­cally-mo­ti­vated killings.

Keba said Nxu­sana should have been re­leased more than two years ago.

He added that his fam­ily had given up hope that he would be a free man and this had af­fected the health of his mother.

“In 2015, his fam­ily gave up hope that he would be re­leased.

“The fam­ily felt hurt and stranded over his sit­u­a­tion and it af­fected his mother’s health.

“The PAC, with his fam­ily, will be wel­com­ing him back to his com­mu­nity, hence we would like you to cover this his­tor­i­cal event,” said Keba.

Last year, Apla com­man­der Kenny Mot­samai was re­leased from the Boks­burg prison after spend­ing 27 years in jail for the mur­der of a white North West traf­fic of­fi­cer.

Asked for com­ment yes­ter­day, Mot­samai said he heard about the pend­ing re­lease of Nxu­sana, who was in­car­cer­ated at Mod­der­bee Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices in Benoni, from the PAC lead­er­ship last week.

“When I got a call from a PAC leader about his im­mi­nent re­lease, I got very ex­cited.

“It is good news for him to be re­leased and come to en­joy the free­dom we fought for.

“I will sup­port him in ev­ery­thing,” added Mot­samai.

KENNY MOT­SAMAI

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