Lamola's promise of presidential pardon for Cekeshe raises eyebrows


Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect that Justice Albie Sachs said the minister's decision was unusual and not questionable as earlier reported. 

JOHANNESBURG - Retired Constitutional Court Justice Albie Sachs says he's surprised by Justice Minister Ronald Lamola's promise to help secure a presidential pardon for convicted #FeesMustFall activist Kanya Cekeshe.

This after the Johannesburg magistrate's court turned down Cekeshe's appeal to overturn his eight-year sentence.

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Sachs, who served on the bench for 15 years, says the minister's decision is unusual.

"I don't take a position on that, I'm a former judge.

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"All I can say is it's very unusual for a Minister of Justice to actually say he supports a presidential pardon. He obviously has support in very high places."

Sachs was speaking at the Ahmed Kathrada Annual Lecture in Newtown, Johannesburg, on Tuesday.