Presidential pardon for Eugene de Kock?
Last weekend, the Sunday Independent reported that President Jacob Zuma is considering a pardon for Eugene de Kock, after a meeting held at Pretoria Central Prison in April of last year.
The former Vlakplaas commander has reportedly sought presidential pardons in the past, but is currently serving a prison sentence of two life terms and an additional 212 years for his role in committing apartheid-era atrocities.
According to the Sunday Independent, de Kock has indicated that if pardoned, he would assist with further investigations into apartheid-era crimes.
If these reports are true, the IJR has urged President Zuma to carefully weigh this decision against the longer-term consequences for national unity and reconciliation.
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To read the IJR press release issued this week, please click here.