Seven imprisoned Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) men want to join forces with the government in their bid to be freed from jail.
This comes in the wake of an urgent court application brought by a coalition of victim and civil society organisations to interdict President Kgalema Motlanthe from issuing special political pardons.
The organisations argue that the special pardons process – which may result in more than 100 pardons for apartheid-era perpetrators – excluded the victims and the public from making inputs.
The seven AWB men have applied for the special pardons.
They are serving jail sentences for culpable homicide, public violence and assault after attacking black people in Kuruman in 1995.
One person died and several others were injured as a result of the attacks.
If the court grants their applications, the AWB men will join Motlanthe and the Minister of Justice in resisting the legal challenge of the civil society coalition.
At the time, the Supreme Court of Appeal said that the men’s act had been “an unashamed racist attack perpetrated more than a year after the introduction of a constitutional order”.
The coalition opposing the special pardons includes the Khulumani Support Group, the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, the International Centre for Transitional Justice, the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, the Human Rights Media Centre, the Freedom of Expression Institute and the SA History Archives.