Nofemela pa­role ‘not set­ting a prece­dent’

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI

COR­REC­TIONAL Ser­vices Min­is­ter No­siviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has cau­tioned that her de­ci­sion to release apartheid-era as­sas­sin Bu­tana Al­mond Nofemela will not trans­late to a sim­i­lar de­ci­sion for Chris Hani’s killer, Clive Derby-Lewis.

“The mat­ter of Mr Der­byLewis is not on the cards. By al­low­ing Mr Nofemela to walk free I am not set­ting a prece­dent,” Mapisa-Nqakula told jour­nal­ists at Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day.

Mapisa-Nqakula was brief­ing the me­dia on her de­ci­sion to grant pa­role to Nofemela, who has been in jail for al­most 22 years serv­ing a life sen­tence for the 1986 mur­der of Brits farmer Jo­hannes Hen­drik Lourens.

Mpaisa-Nqakula said Der­byLewis was de­nied amnesty by the Truth and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Com­mis­sion, had not com­pleted 20 years in jail for his crime and also had not shown re­morse for what he had done.

Mean­while, Nofemela’s for­mer han­dler, Dirk Coet­zee, has of­fered to give him a new start in life, Mapisa-Nqakula has re­vealed.

Nofemela was ini­tially sen­tenced to death for Lourens’s mur­der. This was com­muted to life im­pris­on­ment af­ter he made a star­tling con­fes­sion about his in­volve­ment in the mur­der of ANC ac­tivists in the 1980s.

Mapisa-Nqakula said that in the view of prison of­fi­cials, Nofemela was a model pris­oner. She had also con­sulted with rel­a­tives of Grif­fiths Mx­enge and his wife Vic­to­ria, hu­man rights lawyers who were as­sas­si­nated in 1981. Their fam­i­lies backed Nofemela’s pa­role, as he had been granted amnesty by the Truth and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Com­mis­sion.

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