Nofemela parole ‘not setting a precedent’
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.