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Presidential pardon for Vlok?

Former Law and Order Minister Adriaan Vlok and several right wing criminals have been recommended for presidential pardons. This revelation has come to light as the result of a High Court interdict granted to a coalition of civil society organisations opposed to the granting of special pardons without the involvement of the victims.
"A list of some 121 names of prisoners and convicted persons recommended for presidential pardon was compiled by the Pardons Reference Group, through a special pardons process, and handed over to former President Kgalema
Motlanthe in March of this year," read a statement by the coalition.

The coalition comprises Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, International Centre for Transitional Justice, Khulumani Support Group, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, Human Rights Media Centre, Freedom
of Expression Institute, South African History Archives and Legal Resources Centre.

The list of the recommended people was discovered when Ryan Albutt, one of the presidential pardon candidates, applied directly to the Constitutional Court for leave to appeal the interim interdict against the special pardons
process.

"Although the names of pardon applicants have now become public, the details of the offences for which pardons are sought, are still being kept from the public and the families of those killed and injured.

"Albutt is a member of the infamous AWB and was convicted and sentenced for participating in an attack in 1995, which left one dead and nearly 200 injured.

"The Supreme Court ruled that the attack was 'unashamedly racist'."The coalition is of the view that violence perpetrated against others who belong to another ethnic group should, in the new constitutional order, not
be considered as a political objective worthy of special and lenient treatment," the groups said.

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