Ramaphosa grants special remission of sentence to prisoners

President Cyril Ramaphosa has granted special remission of sentence to certain categories of offenders. Courtesy #DStv403

BERGVILLE - President Cyril Ramaphosa will be granting a number of prisoner's remission.

Ramaphosa made the announcement during his Reconciliation Day address in Bergville, KwaZulu Natal on Monday.

“Remissions of sentences are always carefully considered, taking into account interests of the public and the administration of justice,” Ramaphosa said.

“We recognise that incarceration has followed a judicial process and that sentences have been duly imposed after conviction.”

There have been previous remissions of this nature granted to coincide with important national days.

The process will be done in various phases, starting with special categories, including women, children, the elderly, youth and inmates with disabilities.”

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The president said prisoners convicted of gender-based violence crimes will not be granted remission.

“It must be emphasised that this remission excludes those sentenced for violent, aggressive and sexual offences, as well as people declared dangerous criminals in terms of section 286A of the Criminal Procedure Act of 1977,” Ramaphosa said.

Ramaphosa further stated that the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Ronald Lamola will provide the relevant details and specific circumstances with regard to relevant offenders.

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