South Africa: Zuma cannot grant pardons

source: IOL
Beauregard Tromp
February 24 2010 at 09:00AM

Former president Thabo Mbeki has effectively prevented President Jacob Zuma from unilaterally pardoning a number of racist, religious and political killers.

At least, not without consulting their victims.

This was the unanimous decision of the Constitutional Court, which was faced with the president, ministers and Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) on one side and the victims and NGOs on the other.

The case stems from former president Thabo Mbeki’s attempt to conclude the business of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), using the principals of that body.

An advisory group representing the political spectrum was formed and tasked with whittling down a list of nearly 2 000 names to 121 recommended for pardons under this [continue reading]

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